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    Bye Sharona: Schram Exits USA's 'Monk'

    The hit USA Network series "Monk" is losing Bitty Schram, the Golden Globe-nominated sidekick to series star Tony Shalhoub.

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    Unions Praise Tax Credits

    SAG and AFTRA seemed to be nearly tap dancing for joy in New York this week, and with good reason.

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    SSDC, League Face Contract Talks

    The current collective bargaining agreement between the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) and the League of American Theatres and Producers expires Aug. 31. Both sides, perhaps mindful of the publicity and divisiveness surrounding the recent contentious talks between the league and Actors' Equity Association, are being quiet regarding ...

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    Children's Letters to God

    This undeniably charming, solidly acted children's musical will entertain and stimulate children, though most adults won't be especially engaged.

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    The World Goes 'Round

    "The World Goes 'Round," presented by Woodland Hills Theatre at the West Valley Playhouse, 7242 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. July 30-Aug. 29. $20-22. (818) 884-1907.

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    Talking About 'Frogs'

    On Tues., July 20 at the Juilliard Theatre, composer Stephen Sondheim and director-choreographer Susan Stroman will talk about their current collaboration, "The Frogs," a musical based on the play by Aristophanes, which began previews on June 22.

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    Obituaries

    Gary Stevens, 88, Publicist and Producer

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    ACTRA Agrees To Proposed Commercial Pact

    The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) has reached terms of settlement on a new three-year National Commercial Agreement with the Canadian ad industry. The pact includes increases in the residuals scale and in late-payment fees.

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    A.R.T./NY Announces Mellon Grants

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which in the aftermath of Sept. 11 created a special $50 million fund to "assist New York cultural and performing arts organizations" directly affected by the attack, has announced a new round of grants going to 39 not-for-profit theatres totaling $1,157,500.

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    Action on Media Ownership

    The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is supporting a Seattle-based coalition calling for a host of changes to our nation's commercial and public radio landscape, including support for ownership limits, artists' rights, community media access, content diversity, and local accountability.