Tributes pour in for award-winning gay playwright Terrence McNally after death from coronavirus
Playwright Terrence McNally is being mourned by the theatre community after his death from coronavirus at the age of 81.
The Tony-winning playwright dedicated much of his career to depicting gay lives on stage, and was known for works including Andre’s Mother, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Love! Valour! Compassion!.
His agent confirmed that McNally, who had chronic inflammatory lung disease, had died from coronavirus complications on March 24.
McNally is survived by his husband Tom Kirdahy, also a Broadway producer.
Terrence McNally dedicated his life to telling queer stories.
His death comes just a year after McNally was honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Tony Awards.
In his speech, he said: “I love being a playwright. The hours are flexible, and you don’t have to
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