The Habit of Art: New Play by Alan Bennett (The History Boys)
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It's 1969 and change is in the air. But for Memphis, the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the civil rights movement takes a back seat to more immediate problems. His diner has been slated for demolition in the city's urban renewal plan, but he has a competing offer from a predatory businessman. Caught between idealism and brutal reality, Memphis struggles to determine the fate of the place where his customers gathered for decades to share their struggles, hopes and dreams. Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson's searing, humorous, and potent portrait of African-American life in the '60s tells a complex story of the inner lives of ordinary people at a turning point in American history. Learn More
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“A production so polished that it could open on Broadway as is.” -The Wall Street Journal
“Bennett’s humor is learned and gentle.” -The Washington Post
“An extraordinarily funny, deeply revealing look at the creation of theater from start to finish.” -Washingtonian
“You’ll have a grand time.” -_Washington City Paper _
“The Habit of Art is both entertaining and profound.” -_Washington Examiner _
“Stellar performances, spot-on direction, a swift pace, and frequent laughs.” -MD Theatre Guide
“[Ted van Griethuysen and Paxton Whitehead] are just terrific.” —WETA
Alan Bennett was born in Leeds and studied at Exeter College, Oxford. He co-wrote and starred in the satirical review_ Beyond the Fringe_, along with Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller, at the Edinburgh Festival in 1960. Later the show traveled to the West End and to New York. After this, he started writing for the stage, and later, plays for television. To date he has been actor, director, broadcaster, and written for stage, television, radio and film. His first stage play was Forty Years On (1969). Other well-known stage plays include Kafka’s Dick (1987), Single Spies (1988), Talking Heads (1998), The Madness of George III (1992), The History Boys (2004), and The Habit of Art (2009).