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A recording of a live performance of the Broadway play about two days in the life of Truman Capote during the time of the publication of his controversial story "Answered Prayers" in ... See full synopsis »


Kirk Browning


Jay Presson Allen (play), Truman Capote (writings)


Robert Morse


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Robert Morse ... Truman Capote


A recording of a live performance of the Broadway play about two days in the life of Truman Capote during the time of the publication of his controversial story "Answered Prayers" in Esquire magazine in 1975. The one-man show takes place entirely in Capote's condominium in the United Nations Plaza in New York City.

Set during Christmas, Capote talks on the phone to various friends, associates and businesses throughout the play. For the duration of the piece, however, he is speaking directly to the audience, breaking "the third wall," regarding his life, loves, friends, career and, most current to the time frame, his having been snubbed by his closest friends for revealing embarrassing details about them in "Answered Prayers."

Actor Robert Morse, best known for originating the role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying for which he won the 1962 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, portrays Truman Capote, and won his second Tony...

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23 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Tru" by Jay Presson Allen opened at the Booth Theater in New York on December 14, 1989 and ran for 297 performances. See more »


Toward the end of the play which takes place at Christmastime 1975, Truman Capote states, "I've saved enough Tuinals to stage my own Jonestown Massacre." The Jonestown Massacre happened in 1978. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bloodlust! (1994) See more »

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Bring on the DVD!!
25 June 2005 | by sobi-1See all my reviews

One of the most memorable and impressive performances I have ever seen is Robert Morse's portrayal in this presentation. I still think, talk, and wish about it some 12 years later! Why can I see "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" almost any week on almost any movie channel, but not a phenomenal work like this anywhere??? I don't buy DVD's as a rule, but this one I would. I was convinced that Capote had reincarnated and played Capote. I was equally amazed when Morse took a curtain call sans makeup - it was "Tru"ly remarkable. I enjoy the challenge of one man shows - Leslie Nielsen as Clarence Darrow on stage (this one is also not on DVD), Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain, and Robert Vaughan as FDR. They were all very good, but none stood up to the quality of "Tru."

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