Tina Howe’s Painting Churches was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the basis for the 1994 film “The Portrait” starring Gregory Peck and Laurel Bacall. The play follows Gardner and Fanny Church as they prepare to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet and Pulitzer Prize winner, now is retired. He slips in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Margret, who they call Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them—and they with her.
“A radiant, loving and zestfully humorous play . . . distinctly Chekhovian. Howe captures the same edgy surface of false hilarity, the same unutterable sadness beneath it, and the indomitable valor beneath both.” – Time
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