Thursday, March 5, 2009

Broadway to Dim Its Lights

for one minute at 8:00 pm tonight.

Very sad news. Playwright
Horton Foote passed away yesterday at the age of 92.

He was one of America's best story tellers. His "The Young Man From Atlanta" received the Pulitzer prize in 1995 and he received Academy Awards for his adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and his original screenplay, "Tender Mercies." He is also known for "The Trip to Bountiful" and his last and wildly acclaimed "Dividing the Estate."

This play is reported to be a comic masterpiece about a small town Texas family.

I'll borrow the starting paragraph of the NY Times Review, Inherit the Windfall

NY Times Slide Show here.
NY Times Obit here

"You probably have one in your family. And the odds are that he or she is making a lot of noise right now. I mean the kind of person who, when the going gets tough, is transformed from a respectable-looking grown-up into a greedy, caterwauling 4-year-old, convinced that everyone else is getting a bigger slice of what’s left of the cake."

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