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Terrence McNally, trailblazing titan of American theater, dies at 81

With 25 Broadway productions, nearly 40 plays and 10 musicals, Terrence McNally was a prolific writer whose work moved seamlessly from comedy to drama and from downtown avant-garde

to the mainstream Great White Way. "He probes his characters’ deepest fears - of illness, intimacy, betrayal or death - while making them manageable for all audiences, leavening the dread with his rat-a-tat dialogue and well-timed jokes," The New York Times noted.

Perhaps most notably, he was a major artistic force in portraying the lives of gay men onstage, dating back to a time when LGBTQ characters still had only the most marginal visibility in mainstream culture.

McNally won his first Tony in 1993 for his book for the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman and followed with trophies for Love! Valour! Compassion! (best play) in '95, Master Class (best play) in '96 and Ragtime (best book of a musical) in '98.

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