He directed George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's play, "The Man Who Came to Dinner," in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with John Mahoney, Harriet Harris, Robert Breuler, Natalie West, Shannon Cochran, Ross Lehman, and Alan Wilder in the cast.
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I'll tell you what I love about directing: the surprise. You never know what's going to happen with your piece until an audience weighs in. You may think that you know what will be funny as shit but then a group of bused-in Middle Americans says it is shit and you're shaking your head in dismay. This surprise I find exhilarating and scary--and I love it.
Among the most successful series he directed was Cheers
(1982), which was set in a bar. His father Abe Burrows
was a writer for radio in the 1930s, and one of his most successful series was "Duffy's Tavern", which was also set in a bar.