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Buddies and budding actor, writer hustle to land their big breaks
Buddies and budding actor, writer hustle to land their big breaks

The actor from Cleveland skimmed San Pedro in a banged-up Kia. He drove down a ragged street past a tattoo parlor and a sign for the Hotel Cabrillo. A few dicey-looking characters walked by with big dogs on chains. Robert McHalffey turned right and, betraying no trace of irony, parked at the Little Fish Theatre. He walked down the hall and took a seat. Someone asked: "Who's playing Puck?" A whispery man near the window raised his hand. The rest of the troupe filed in. McHalffey opened his script to the part of Lysander, a suitor entangled in a comedy of errors in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Voices filled the dusk and McHalffey rehearsed for his first...

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