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Moss Hart, Act One and the persistence of You Can't Take It With You

“Act One” officially opens at Lincoln Center later this week, but this weekend I saw a preview showing of it. It’s good. Not great — the story of the life of Moss Hart, the playwright who grew up poor in the Bronx and had only a eighth-grade education (he had to go to work) but who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. 397 more words

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Act One Should Have Been One Act

Went with much anticipation to Lincoln Center’s offering of Act One, based on Moss Hart’s autobiography of the same name. It had a seemingly great pedigree – written and directed by James Lapine, featuring such actors as Tony Shaloub, Andrea Martin and Santino Fontana, and the story itself. 333 more words

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You Can't Take It With You at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Mar 21 - Apr 15

You Can’t Take It With You at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Mar 21 – Apr 15

You Can’t Take it With You
by Moss Hart and George S. 165 more words

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Developing the edges

Of all the pieces of writing advice I know, one of the most useful, at least in terms of immediate applicability, is that you should strive to omit the beginning and end of each scene, and jump from middle to middle. 840 more words

Writing

“The only credential the city asked was the boldness to dream. For those who did, it unlocked its gates and its treasures, not caring who they were or where they came from.”

- Moss Hart, Act One

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