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For the Fans of Mr. Hirschfeld

Mister D: I guess those of us outside the New York area will have to wait.

“Theater Talk” Remembers Al Hirschfeld Jan. 24

By Andrew Gans
January 22, 2003

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An encore presentation of “Theater Talk” will salute caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, who died in his sleep earlier this week at age 99.”Theater Talk,” the New York City PBS talk show that offers interviews with top theatre celebrities and writers, will rebroadcast its conversation with the renowned artist on Jan. 24. Entitled “Drawing the Essence,” the program was taped at Hirschfeld’s New York studio in Nov. 2001 and featured an interview with Hirschfeld conducted by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Art Spiegelman.

Best known for his theatrical caricatures for The New York Times, Hirschfeld’s drawings have also appeared in The New Yorker, TV Guide, Town & Country, Playboy, Mirabella, People Magazine, New Masses, Reader’s Digest, Collier’s, Life, Time, Look, The Washingtonian, The Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and dozens of other publications. When his daughter Nina was born, he began embedding her name in his works; the small number next to his signature reveals how many Ninas can be found in each particular drawing. A 1996 documentary about his work, “The Line King,” was nominated for an Academy Award, and his most recent tome, “Hirschfeld On Line,” was published in 1999.

Hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins, “Theatre Talk” airs late Friday nights at midnight on WNET/Thirteen. Check local listings. “Drawing the Essence” will also be telecast on Hartford’s CPTV (Jan. 23), Washington, D.C.’s WETA (Jan. 25) and Boston’s WGBH (Jan. 26).

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