Theater: The Funniest Lies

Mark Twain Tonight! Hal Holbrook spends 31 hours putting on his Mark Twain makeup, but he has spent 13 years getting into Mark Twain's psyche. What began as an extraordinary physical likeness has become a communion of spirit, a marriage of two minds, a shared inner mirth at man's foibles that approaches philosophy.

Holbrook, who has crisscrossed the U.S. and Europe in this one-man show, brings it to Broadway with much fresh material culled from Twain's writings. The casual format is that of one of Twain's turn-of-the-century lectures when he was 70. The props are simple: a lectern, a Victorian chair, a...

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