“Lillian” by William Luce
The Whitney Center for the Arts Diedre Bollinger stars as Lillian Helman. Set in an austere waiting room in a New York hospital as she maintains a vigil for her longtime love, the novelist Dashiell Hammett, Hellman remembers the people and incidents that shaped her life. She recalls those who helped her gain her burning social consciousness—something that brought her into sharp conflict with the powers-that-be, most notably Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee. This is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling view of a remarkable woman and artist.
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