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Every Act of Life (2018)

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The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
F. Murray Abraham ... Himself
Lynn Ahrens Lynn Ahrens ... Herself
Jon Robin Baitz ... Himself
Christine Baranski ... Herself
Dan Bucatinsky ... Dr. Jason Pepper (voice)
Zoe Caldwell ... Herself
Bryan Cranston ... John Steinbeck (voice)
Dominic Cuskern Dominic Cuskern ... Himself
Tyne Daly ... Herself
Jason Danieley ... Himself
Edie Falco ... Herself
Stephen Flaherty Stephen Flaherty ... Himself
John Glover ... Himself
Anthony Heald ... Himself
Sheryl Kaller Sheryl Kaller ... Herself


The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and the relentless pursuit of inspiration. Written by Jeff Kaufman

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A groundbreaking life in and out of the theatre



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Release Date:

23 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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16 : 9
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"I Love the theater; it reinvents itself every night."
14 October 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Every Act of Life (2018) is a documentary directed by Jeff Kaufman.

It details the life of the prolific, successful playwright Terrence McNally. McNally is openly gay, and many of his plays address the issue of what it means to be gay in the United States.

McNally has won numerous awards, including four Tony Awards. At age 79 he's still writing. He is probably the best known and successful living playwright in the United States.

A documentary about Terrence McNally can't miss. That's certainly true of this biography. It's a solid, careful piece of work. We see quite a bit of historical footage, and many interviews with McNally and his friends and colleagues.

McNally's life has had it's share of great highs and terrible lows. Still, if what we see on screen is true, he's doing well and is happy and reasonably healthy in 2018.

I'm really a fan of movies, not theater, so this film wasn't as meaningful to me as it would be to someone who is a true theater fan. Still, it worked for me and I enjoyed it.

We saw this movie at The Little Theatre, as part of Rochester's excellent ImageOut, the LGBT Film Festival. It will work well on the small screen.

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