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A recording of a live performance of the Broadway play about two days in the life of Truman Capote during the time of the publication of his controversial story "Answered Prayers" in ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Kirk Browning

Writers:

Jay Presson Allen (play), Truman Capote (writings)

Star:

Robert Morse
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Robert Morse ... Truman Capote
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A recording of a live performance of the Broadway play about two days in the life of Truman Capote during the time of the publication of his controversial story "Answered Prayers" in Esquire magazine in 1975. The one-man show takes place entirely in Capote's condominium in the United Nations Plaza in New York City.

Set during Christmas, Capote talks on the phone to various friends, associates and businesses throughout the play. For the duration of the piece, however, he is speaking directly to the audience, breaking "the third wall," regarding his life, loves, friends, career and, most current to the time frame, his having been snubbed by his closest friends for revealing embarrassing details about them in "Answered Prayers."

Actor Robert Morse, best known for originating the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying for which he won the 1962 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, portrays Truman Capote, and won his second Tony...

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Robert Morse won the 1990 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "Tru" in the title role and recreated the role in this filmed production. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the play which takes place at Christmastime 1975, Truman Capote states, "I've saved enough Tuinals to stage my own Jonestown Massacre." The Jonestown Massacre happened in 1978. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bloodlust! (1994) See more »

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where is the DVD ???
26 August 2004 | by Joel HenckenSee all my reviews

This is an extraordinary show, beautifully written and acted, and a wonderful representation of the stage production (which I have seen.)

Robert Morse shows himself an actor of much greater depth than I'd ever realized -- he's come a long way from "How to succeed in business without really trying," where he was flashy: here he is deep as well as wonderfully funny.

The sections on Christmas are comic classics; the readings from short fiction are touching and compellingly read; the one-liners are side-splitting; and Truman Capote turns out to be a worthy character under all the affectations and fluff.

This is long overdue for release on DVD. What's wrong with the studios?!


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USA

Language:

English

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23 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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