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Elliot Norton Reviews; Donal Donnelly


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Elliot Norton Reviews
Donal Donnelly
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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

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Elliot Norton interviews English-born Irish actor Donal Donnelly about his career in the theater. They discuss some of his productions, including My Astonishing Self, a one-man show he created about George Bernhardt Shaw, directed by Michael Voysey and starring himself. He talks about his apprenticeship Gate Theatre, where he played smaller roles in plays including those by Shaw. He talks about his admiration and awe of Shaw and they talk in depth about Shaw’s life, including his unconsummated relationship with his wife Charlotte, his affair with Stella Campbell, and his death. They discuss how he included real events from his personal life in his plays, including a scene in The Apple Cart in which he leaves Stella to go home and have tea with his wife. They talk how they consider Man and Superman and Saint Joan to be his best two plays. Donnelly talks about how Shaw grew to love question and answer sessions after his plays once he became more confident in his writing. He also talks about Shaw’s anti-flogging campaign and his determination to become an incredible playwright.

Director: Joanna Lu. Taped 12/11/1981

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
Chicago: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Donal Donnelly,” 12/11/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8CC6A39B805942FC84494FD862991D54.
MLA: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Donal Donnelly.” 12/11/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 15, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8CC6A39B805942FC84494FD862991D54>.
APA: Elliot Norton Reviews; Donal Donnelly. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8CC6A39B805942FC84494FD862991D54
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