Mortal Coils Recently Shuffled Off

Three theater luminaries have recently passed on, respect should be paid.

Barbara Harris is someone I never saw on stage but her voice is ever present in my head, The Apple Tree musical was written for her and I listen to that album frequently.  I did see here in several movies, most especially in Robert Altman’s Nashville in which she was amazing.  She’ll be missed.

Brian Murray is someone I have seen on stage a number of times, including The Crucible with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, Travels With My Aunt at the Minetta Lane Theatre and Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby.  I loved his work onstage and will deeply miss his artistry.

Vivian Matalon was a director who’s work I did not see but once had three plays running on Broadway simultaneously.  Oddly I did have the chance to meet him very briefly back in the 1980’s through a friend of a friend.

All a reminder of our own mortality and hopefully we appreciate people’s talents while they are alive to be appreciated.

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