Southern Comforts: Michael Learned and Granville Van Dusen Star in a Romantic Comedy
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The last date listed for Southern Comforts was Sunday April 10, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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The boss is an aging legend, cantankerous but charismatic. His new assistant is young and vulnerable, but full of grit. When the two interact at work, the fun begins. Based on the playwright's own real-life experience as a young secretary from the Canadian prairie who finds herself working for the aging Francis Biddle, the primary judge on the postwar Nuremberg Trials, Trying is a hopeful and humorous tale of friendship amid life's most inevitable adventure: growing old. Upon its off-Broadway debut, The New York Times praised the show as "comic and touching." Now International City Theatre stages a fresh production of this bracing, brilliant play by Joanna McClelland Glass (Canadian Gothic, Yesteryear). Learn More
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I absolutely loved it! It was a joy to see Michael Learned! I was raised in Morris County, N.J. and Gus was spot on!! I am so sorry this is ending because I would see it again and bring all my friends! What a great night in theater!
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“A delightful and sneakily sexy romance!” —The New York Times
Southern Comforts is a beautiful exploration of the tour-de-force journey of a widow and widower who meet later in life and find a way into each others’ hearts. Their funny, awkward, and enchanting romance is filled with sweet surprises and unpredictable tribulation. Told with warmth and perceptive humor, this off-Broadway hit romantic comedy is “pure pleasure! A charmer!” (N.Y. Daily News)
Four-time Emmy award-winning Michael Learned is best known for her role as Olivia Walton on the CBS family drama series The Waltons. Learned also starred as Nurse Mary Benjamin in the hospital drama Nurse that ran for two seasons on CBS, and in Arthur Miller’s television adaptation of All My Sons. Other television appearances include Gunsmoke, Police Story, St. Elsewhere, Murder She Wrote, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, All My Children, One Life to Live, Scrubs, and Cold Case. She recently concluded a guest appearance on the ABC daytime drama _General__ Hospital_ portraying terminally ill cancer patient Shirley Smith. Feature films include For the Love of Mary, Life During Wartime, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and Power directed by Sidney Lumet. Her long list of stage credits includes Broadway and Off Broadway: _All Over, The Best Man, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Time of the Cuckoo, Loves of Anatol _and _The Three Sisters; _National Tours: _Three Tall Women by Edward Albee, _On Golden Pond (with Tom Bosley), and Love Letters; and Regional Theater, among many others.
A forty-year veteran of stage, screen, and television, Granville Van Dusen has starred in over 200 TV shows and has narrated close to a thousand TV and radio commercials, as well as voicing the role of Race Bannon in the cartoon classic Jonny Quest. He began his career at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, where he spent five seasons and was honored to work with Sir Tyrone Guthrie himself. More recent theater credits include Managing Maxine at the Asolo Theater in Sarasota; A Delicate Balance with Susan Clark and Bonnie Franklin at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura; and Darwin in Malibu at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, for which he received an Ovation nomination. He starred with Len Cariou in the Manitoba Theatre Company’s production of The Dresser; in Golf with Alan Shepard with Jack Klugman and Charles Durning; and in Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch with Michael Learned. He played Scar in The Lion King at the Pantages. At the Matrix Theatre, he performed in Waiting for Godot, The Homecoming, Dangerous Corner, Habeas Corpus and in _Honour with Susan Sullivan_. He appeared in San Diego at The Old Globe Theatre in Private Lives. His critically acclaimed one-man show The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln continues to tour nationwide, and he has won Drama-Logue Awards for Otherwise Engaged and for Undiscovered Country at the Mark Taper Forum.
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