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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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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 »

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

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Engaging one-man show
3 December 2002 | by curlew-2See all my reviews

Morse delivers a brilliant performance as the author Truman Capote, giving us a look into the man on one of the last Christmas Eves of his life. Never dropping into parody or stereotype, Morse presents a three-dimensional portrait which juggles humor with tragedy, and bitterness with bubbling wit. It's only a peek behind the curtain, but by the time the show is over we feel we fully understand the man who was sometimes more colorful and interesting than his literary output. Morse clearly earned his pay with this one.


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