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By Steve McKerrow | October 14, 1991
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* The late actress Colleen Dewhurst made perfectly clear the source of the abrasive, aggressive character of "Murphy Brown" (Candice Bergen) with her guest-star portrayal last season of Avery Brown, Murphy's mother.And in tonight's episode (9 p.m., Channel 11), the series pays tribute to Dewhurst and integrates her passing into the show. Murphy tries to cope with her mom's death, anticipating that she TTC will be haunted. Darren McGavin also appears as Murphy's father.Dewhurst, 65, died in August from cancer.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | September 25, 2000
Six seasons ago, John Bruce Johnson reluctantly appeared in a production of A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters" at the Spotlighters Theatre. Two weeks ago, he returned to the role. In both cases, he agreed to perform out of respect and admiration for the theater's founder, Audrey Herman. This time, however, he was performing in her memory. "I had to say yes because there was Audrey," said Johnson, who prefers to direct. President emeritus of the Vagabond Players, Johnson is one of 64 local actors - 32 couples in all - appearing in Gurney's two-person epistolary drama.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | May 21, 1991
A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" will have a new correspondent at the Mechanic Theatre beginning tonight when Elaine Stritch takes over the role that has been played by Colleen Dewhurst for the past three weeks.Miss Dewhurst, who had been suffering back spasms, left the production following Sunday's matinee. Her ailment was a chronic condition that flared up and "came to a point where she simply knew that it was really too difficult," according to HopeQuackenbush, managing director of the Mechanic.
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By Steve McKerrow | October 14, 1991
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* The late actress Colleen Dewhurst made perfectly clear the source of the abrasive, aggressive character of "Murphy Brown" (Candice Bergen) with her guest-star portrayal last season of Avery Brown, Murphy's mother.And in tonight's episode (9 p.m., Channel 11), the series pays tribute to Dewhurst and integrates her passing into the show. Murphy tries to cope with her mom's death, anticipating that she TTC will be haunted. Darren McGavin also appears as Murphy's father.Dewhurst, 65, died in August from cancer.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | May 16, 1991
THE first thing you notice about Colleen Dewhurst besides the familiar dazzling smile and rich velvet tones that roll over you like liquid smoke, is her wonderful sense of humor.The winner of two Tony Awards and three Emmy Awards was comfortably ensconced on the couch in her dressing room at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre before an evening performance of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" in which she is co-starring with veteran Broadway actor George Hearn.Lighting one of many cigarettes, she laughs huskily.
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By Lou Cedrone | November 6, 1990
''Love Letters'' has only two actors on stage. Both sit at a table reading letters to each other. The play, at the National Theater in Washington, lasts no longer than 94 minutes, with one intermission included, but those 94 minutes are more entertaining than a dozen other plays that come to mind.''Love Letters'' was written by A.R. Gurney (''Cocktail Hour''), the playwright who has become the official dramatic spokesman for the American WASP community.The two characters in ''Love Letters'' are privileged WASPs, people who know wealth, good schools and horses, and yet, their drama is universal.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | September 25, 2000
Six seasons ago, John Bruce Johnson reluctantly appeared in a production of A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters" at the Spotlighters Theatre. Two weeks ago, he returned to the role. In both cases, he agreed to perform out of respect and admiration for the theater's founder, Audrey Herman. This time, however, he was performing in her memory. "I had to say yes because there was Audrey," said Johnson, who prefers to direct. President emeritus of the Vagabond Players, Johnson is one of 64 local actors - 32 couples in all - appearing in Gurney's two-person epistolary drama.
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By Lou Cedrone | June 21, 1991
DYING YOUNG'' plays a little like Bette Davis' ''Dark Victory.'' It also has touches of ''Educating Rita'' and ''Pretty Woman,'' one of Julia Roberts' previous films.Its trouble is that it doesn't play as well as any of those films. The actors are personable, the direction is steady, but the movie, a four-ply weeper, is one of those by-the-number things with nary a surprise.It also lacks cuteness, which a movie of this sort needs. A film as predictable as this one is seriously in need of scenes that stand out, scenes that give the movie a little life, no pun intended.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | November 13, 1990
There's at least one great notion behind Jesse Jackson's new talk show, "The Jesse Jackson Show," which airs at midnight Sundays on WMAR-TV (Channel 2).But great is not the first word that comes to mind in connection with the first episode of the program seen in Baltimore and Washington Sunday. (The program has been on the air elsewhere for several weeks, but was delayed here and in Washington until after the Nov. 6 election, when Jackson won D.C.'s "shadow" Senate seat to campaign for district statehood.
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By Kate McKenna and Kate McKenna,States News Service | April 18, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Less than 48 hours after returning from the Persian Gulf, Army Sgt. Paulette McDuffie was flown to the nation's capital for an all-star welcome from Defense Secretary Richard Cheney, Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and various celebrities.McDuffie, a Baltimorean, was one of a few hundred members of the services picked at random to take part in Tuesday night's "Salute to the Men and Women of the Desert Storm Campaign" at the Washington Hilton."We're going to see the show and then head out on the town," said McDuffie, a personnel administrator and 1984 graduate of Baltimore's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | May 21, 1991
A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" will have a new correspondent at the Mechanic Theatre beginning tonight when Elaine Stritch takes over the role that has been played by Colleen Dewhurst for the past three weeks.Miss Dewhurst, who had been suffering back spasms, left the production following Sunday's matinee. Her ailment was a chronic condition that flared up and "came to a point where she simply knew that it was really too difficult," according to HopeQuackenbush, managing director of the Mechanic.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | May 16, 1991
THE first thing you notice about Colleen Dewhurst besides the familiar dazzling smile and rich velvet tones that roll over you like liquid smoke, is her wonderful sense of humor.The winner of two Tony Awards and three Emmy Awards was comfortably ensconced on the couch in her dressing room at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre before an evening performance of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" in which she is co-starring with veteran Broadway actor George Hearn.Lighting one of many cigarettes, she laughs huskily.
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By Lou Cedrone | November 6, 1990
''Love Letters'' has only two actors on stage. Both sit at a table reading letters to each other. The play, at the National Theater in Washington, lasts no longer than 94 minutes, with one intermission included, but those 94 minutes are more entertaining than a dozen other plays that come to mind.''Love Letters'' was written by A.R. Gurney (''Cocktail Hour''), the playwright who has become the official dramatic spokesman for the American WASP community.The two characters in ''Love Letters'' are privileged WASPs, people who know wealth, good schools and horses, and yet, their drama is universal.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | May 2, 1991
Playwright A. R. Gurney has admitted he believes play writing is archaic. Yet, at the risk of piling one archaism on top of another, he has based a play on the seemingly out-dated practice of letter writing.What's more, "Love Letters" strips theater down to basics -- two actors seated at a table, reading. Yes, reading. Mr. Gurney insists on it.However, the epistolary script comes alive in the hands of Colleen Dewhurst and George Hearn, who are performing it at the Mechanic Theatre.K? Admittedly, the built-in limitations of "Love Letters" makedemands on the audience as well as the actors; by definition, the action takes place offstage.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | August 26, 1991
SO DON'T complain about the Emmy Awards show -- it ended on time.Not that that stopped comedian co-hosts Dennis Miller and Jerry Seinfeld from telling their boy-this-was-a-long-show closing jokes -- never let the facts get in the way of a good line -- but it was just a minute or two past the three-hour mark when the closing credits ran.Actually, such punctuality typified what was wrong with last night's show, the 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast live...
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