Tynan: One-Man Show Based on the Colorful Life of Theater Critic Kenneth Tynan
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Signature Theatre puts its own stamp on this dark masterpiece of musical theater. Written in 1928 by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera skewers capitalist society while following dashing criminal anithero Macheath as he leaves a trail of broken hearts and slashed throats throughout the London underworld. The unforgettable score's highlighted by "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" and "Pirate Jenny," and juiced by the jazzy sounds of '20s-era Berlin, while the innovative epic modernism of the work went on to influence the creators of acclaimed musicals like Cabaret and Urinetown. Learn More
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My friend and I were disappointed with this production. Monologues can be exciting and fun--witness "Mark Twain Tonight"--and I was optimistic about this one. The actor did well, relishng his lines, and conveying Tynan's different moods and frequent depressions in a way that brought him to life. The problem is with the play itself, as well as the interaction of a British critic (who died in 1980) with an American audience in 2011. Many nuances about British theatre passed us by. And the writers often focus on subjects of little interest (at least to us), such as Tynan's car breaking down in Spain, and his constant search for another spanking partner. It was a long hour and 45 minutes.
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“Compelling! Quite unmissable!” —The Daily Telegraph
By Richard Nelson and Colin Chambers
Based on The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan
Directed by Paul Mullins
Starring Philip Goodwin
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.