A.R. Gurney Has Died; ‘Love Letters’ Playwright Gently Jabbed American WASP In Decline

A.R. Gurney, the playwright who in such comedies as The Dining Room, The Middle Ages and Sylvia chronicled the foibles and fantasies of the well-heeled American WASPS of which he was a quintessential exemplar, died Tuesday at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 86. Gurney may be best remembered today for Love Letters, his two-hander describing the lives of childhood friends that has become a staple of fundraisers with guest stars and resident theaters…

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