‘Tru’ Reveals Truman Capote’s Best Kept Secrets
Play Review by Maritza Cosano
There is good reason that Tru ranks among writer Jay Presson Allen’s most celebrated and popular plays. The new production that opened on Friday, December 2, at the Palm Beach Dramaworks Theatre, is a drama about the life of outlandish writer Truman Capote humorously dishing on the life of the artist before he skidded into his decline. The play captures the essence of the novelist, who at the peak of his writing career was known as the darling of New York City’s society’s inner circle, until he told their best kept secrets.
In the 60s, at a time when most women were a rarity in the profession, Allen made a mark as a screenwriter, playwright, stage director, television producer and novelist. In 1989, she wrote Tru, which made it to Broadway in 1991. She had not known Capote, but his friends say she captured the intrinsic nature of the man. In an interview with the “New York Times” in 1972, Allen said that the essence of a successful adaptation is to not “muck around with the essence” of the original work. Read more>>
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