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January 10, 2003
Arts&Entertainment: January 10, 2003 Theater review: Impressive acting can't preserve play
SARASOTA -- No doubt there's educational value in having theater students engaged in the process of developing, writing and staging a play. At the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, the student actors in The Conservationist deserve an A for their efforts, but the play doesn't score more than a C.

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THEY SAY THE NEON LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT . . . AND HAVE SPACE RESTRICTIONS: First, Joe Pantoliano's Ralph Cifaretto gets hacked to bits on The Sopranos. Then his name gets hacked to bits for his Broadway debut. Pantoliano now stars in Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune at the Belasco Theatre, but the Belasco marquee isn't wide enough fit his name, the New York Post says. So theater officials went with his nickname, "Joey Pants."

A life not always charmed
A new TV movie about John F. Kennedy Jr. focuses on his sometimes tumultuous adult life, including his death in a plane crash in 1999.

In the news: Mottola leaves Sony to start label
Sony Music chairman and chief executive Tommy Mottola, who was responsible for building the careers of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and other superstars, announced Thursday he was leaving the company to start his own music label.

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