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Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20005
202-332-3300
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8 reviews
24 stars
attended Jan 22 2011

All in all it was a disappointment. There was some interesting material and some humor and poignancy, but it was unfortunately overshadowed by the emphasis on Tynan's sexual perversity. All right already we get it. Is that all there was to the...continued

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5 reviews
3 stars
attended Feb 01 2011

I enjoyed Mr. Goodwin's performance very much. He really nailed the delight with which a witty person says something provocative or wry, fully confident that the person he is speaking to will appreciate and admire it. He also was excellent at...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Compelling! Quite unmissable!” —The Daily Telegraph

Description

Tynan

By Richard Nelson and Colin Chambers

Based on The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan

Directed by Paul Mullins

Starring Philip Goodwin

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Theatre impresario. Taste maker. Spanking enthusiast. _

Feed your secret voyeur with an inside look at the twisted and incisive mind of Kenneth Tynan, arguably the twentieth century’s greatest theatre critic. This Englishman unapologetically divulges all—from his own scandalous love affairs to celebrity dirt. No desire is too personal and no barb too cruel in this no-holds-barred account of what makes a man a legend.

Playwright Richard Nelson:

Richard Nelson’s Tynan premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s New Work Festival in 2004 and has since been widely produced in many different countries. Born and raised in Chicago, Nelson attended college at New York State and produced his first play, The Killing of Yablonski in 1975. Since then, he has become one of America’s most prolific playwrights with plays produced in theatres all across the country and abroad. Some of Nelson’s most notable works include James Joyce’s The Dead (Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and nomination for Best Original Score), Goodnight Children Everywhere (Olivier Award for Best Play), Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination for Best Play), Franny’s Way (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding New Play) and Some Americans Abroad (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding New Play). During the 1980s Nelson worked as a dramaturg for British Director, David Jones, where he prepared adaptations of plays from Beaumarchais, Brecht, Chekhov, Erdman, Fo, Goldoni and Moliére. Nelson also served as the Chair of the Playwriting Department for the Yale School of Drama.

Playwright Colin Chambers:

Colin Chambers is a former journalist and drama critic who served as Literary Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1981-1997. With Richard Nelson, he co-wrote _Kenneth’s First Play _and Tynan (Royal Shakespeare Company 1997 and 2004). Chamber’s translations and adaptations include _The Learned Ladies _(Royal Shakespeare Company), the three Figaro plays by Beaumarchais, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Treasure_, and The Mad World of John Maddison Morton_. His books include The Story Of Unity Theatre; the award-winning Peggy: The Life Of Peggy Ramsay, Play Agent; _The Continuum Companion to Twentieth-Century Theatre _(Editor); and Inside The Royal Shakespeare Company. He is Senior Research Fellow in Theatre at De Montfort University, Leicester.

About the Ticket Supplier: Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. Its body of work encompasses provocative new writing from around the world, unique special events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics. Studio strives to present sophisticated writing, stunning design, and extraordinary performance. Studio 2ndStage provides opportunities for emerging and established local and national artists, and Special Events feature one-of-a-kind productions from around the world.