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Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight

Hal Holbrook created his Emmy- and Tony Award-winning version of Mark Twain after studying the legendary writer’s works for his senior project in college. He developed an understanding of the man and his essence, and created a now-iconic interpretation that he’ll be bringing to the Capitol Theatre stage.

Holbrook’s first solo act in character took place in 1954 at a college in Pennsylvania, where it created quite a buzz—and the actor has been going strong with variations on that interpretation for nearly 50 years. Over the years, Holbrook has refined and perfected the character. His quirky, dry-witted rendition of the American author is both authentic and humorous. Topics range from deranged and deformed animals, to the art of smoking and smoke rings, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what random subject may come next.

Holbrook has traveled the world as Twain, even performing for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Holbrook is a versatile actor, his long résumé also including television soap operas and motion pictures through the years. In 2008, he became the oldest male performer ever nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Into the Wild. Come prepared to be schooled and amused by this delightful portrayal of Mark Twain, as Holbrook delivers a seamless performance only an experienced craftsman such as himself could deliver. (Aimee Cook O’Brien)

Date: Apr 26, 2013
Time: 8 pm
Phone: 801-355-2787
Address: 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Capitol Theatre