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Elliot Norton Reviews; Brendan Behan


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Elliot Norton Reviews
Brendan Behan
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Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Elliot Norton interviews Irish actor Shay Duffin about his one-man show Brendan Behan at the Charles Playhouse. The real Brendan Behan was a playwright and novelist known for his drunken and crude behavior as well as his wit. Duffin talks about Behan’s life, including his childhood in the slums. Behan, who was fifteen years older than Duffin, was relocated to the suburbs, close to where Duffin himself lived, and worked as a house painter. Duffin talks about Behan’s experience at 16 working with the IRA, his multiple stints in jail and his alcoholism.

DIrector: Marcia Hulley. Taped 3/13/1981.

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Broadcast program

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
Chicago: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Brendan Behan,” 03/13/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_672611DE6EC5465B9D96D50217929E31.
MLA: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Brendan Behan.” 03/13/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_672611DE6EC5465B9D96D50217929E31>.
APA: Elliot Norton Reviews; Brendan Behan. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_672611DE6EC5465B9D96D50217929E31
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