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Terrence McNally (1938-2020)

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The great playwright Terrence McNally has died aged 81.  His amazing list of credits includes Ragtime, Master Class, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Ritz, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. His play Love! Valor! Compassion! is one of the great plays focusing on gay life during the AIDS crisis. 

https://www.playbill.com/article/tony-award-winning-playwright-terrence-mcnally-dies-at-81

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Terrence McNally as a young man

An excellent documentary about Mr. McNally was released a couple of years ago.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6259198/

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Love! Valor! Compassion!

 

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Thanks for the post, Swithin. The young McNally had movie star looks, didn't he? He wrote a number of good plays, like the ones you mentioned. Some others are The Lisbon Traviata and A Perfect Ganesh. It's Only a Play is hilarious if you've ever been involved with the theater, as the cast waits for the opening night reviews. One can only imagine how the actor feels when the review says he didn't bring as much masculinity to his role as Charles Nelson Reilly!

Even the film version of Love! Valour! Compassion! is pretty good, although Jason Alexander is definitely not in the same class as Nathan Lane, who played the part in the original cast.

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4 minutes ago, UMO1982 said:

The Ritz is hilarious!

"If there's one man I was born to kill with my own hands, it's Seymour Pippin!"

 

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Just now, Swithin said:

"If there's one man I was born to kill with my own hands, it's Seymour Pippin!"

 

Rita Moreno as Googie Gomez! How priceless is that? She got a Golden Globe nom but  missed out on an Oscar nom.

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14 minutes ago, UMO1982 said:

Rita Moreno as Googie Gomez! How priceless is that? She got a Golden Globe nom but  missed out on an Oscar nom.

That role got her the "T" part of her EGOT, though.

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2 hours ago, UMO1982 said:

Rita Moreno as Googie Gomez! How priceless is that? 

LOVED Rita in that!

"AV-REE TING'S CAHM-EENG HOP  R-R-R-ROSSES!"  :D 

F. MURRAY ABRAHAM was a riot too.

Thanks for this one Terrence.  ;)

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A great loss to the theatre, his last play, "Mother and Son" was a fabulous piece of work.

 

 

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During my playwrighting career, he was the only name playwright who offered me a helping hand.

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