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Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20005
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3.5 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from nancy
Red Velvet 90 events 10 reviews

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

reviewed Jan 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Eca
42 events 20 reviews

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...continued

reviewed Feb 03 2011 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“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.

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