A warm, witty tell-all and history of American regionalÂ theater, from one of our best-loved directorsFor Jack Oâ€™Brien, thereâ€™s nothing like a first encounter with a great performer, nothing like the sound of an audience bursting into applause. In short, thereâ€™s nothing like the theater.Â Â Â Â Following a fairly normal Midwestern childhood, Oâ€™BrienÂ hoped to make his mark by writing lyrics for Broadway butÂ was instead pulled into the growing American regional theater movement by the likes of John Houseman, Helen Hayes, Ellis Rabb, and Eva Le Gallienne. He didnâ€™t intend toÂ become a director,Â or to direct some of the most brilliantâ€”and sometimes maddeningâ€”personalities of the age, but in a charming, hilarious, and unexpected way, thatâ€™s what happened. Â Â Â Â Oâ€™Brien has had a long, successful career on Broadway and as artistic director ofÂ San Diegoâ€™sÂ Old Globe Theatre, but the history of the movement that shaped him has been overlooked. In the middle of the last century, some extraordinary people forged a link in the chain connecting European influences such as the Moscow Art Theatre and Great Britainâ€™s National Theatre with the flourishing American theater of today. Oâ€™Brien was there to see and record it all, in beautifully vivid detail.Â Â Â Â Funny, exuberant, unfailingly honest, Jack Be Nimble isÂ the tale of those missing heroes, performances, and cultural battles. It is also the irresistible story of one ofÂ our best-loved theater directors, growing into his passion and discovering what he is capable of.
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