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The world premiere of Lisa Loomer’s “The Waiting Room” will be the final production for the 1993-94 season at the Mark Taper Forum, replacing the previously announced “The Heavenly Theatre” by Tony Kushner. Opening Aug. 11, “Waiting Room,” directed by David Schweizer, is a dark comedy about three women from different centuries who meet in a doctor’s office and share their stories about varying standards of beauty in a male-dominated world. Kushner’s play has been postponed until the Taper’s ’94-’95 season.

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The board of directors of the Garden Grove Assn. for the Arts, parent company of the Grove Shakespeare Co., has decided to dissolve the organization due to overwhelming financial debt. The accumulated past debt of Grove Shakespeare was $ 427,700, of which about $ 300,000 will be either forgiven or renegotiated into feasible payback plans. There is still $ 133,860 of unsettled debt, much of which would need to be paid before the theatre could embark on a full production schedule. The Association also cited an unrealistic budget process, limited artistic focus, divisiveness on the board and no consistent midrange fundraising in the theater’s demise.

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CBS Enterprises has licensed “Late Show With David Letterman” to Sky Television for broadcast in the U.K., joining earlier deals for the show in Germany, Australia and Mexico. NBC has a lengthy existing roster of international deals on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”

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Roger Ailes likes to do things with a bang so it comes as no surprise that NBC will launch its new cable channel America’s Talking on July 4. Prexy Ailes said, “Giving birth to America’s premier talk channel on America’s birthday is a natural.”

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The USC Professional Writing Program and the Mark Taper Forum will present the world premiere of “American Iliad,” a new play by Donald Freed. The piece, to be directed by Taper associate artistic director Robert Egan, will be performed in reading Friday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Bing Theatre on the USC campus.

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