Dick Cavett Starring in Hellman vs. McCarthy

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Dick Cavett stars in a play that recalls the 1980 literary scandal that bloomed on his show and rocked an industry

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  • $25 for one ticket to Dick Cavett Starring in Hellman v. McCarthy (up to $41.55 value)
  • When: Sunday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Saban Theatre
  • Seating: general-admission balcony
  • Door time: 6 p.m.
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Dick Cavett Starring in Hellman v. McCarthy

The Dick Cavett Show entertained TV viewers for decades, hopping channels and time slots but always featuring the signature wit and energy of its industry-defining host. With interview subjects as varied as Salvador Dali, Norman Mailer, and Angela Davis—not to mention countless movie and rock stars—it’s no surprise the program served as the unwitting site of many unexpected, culture-jangling events.

One such event explodes the literary world in Hellman v. McCarthy, which sees Dick Cavett himself playing his own role in a scandal with his talk show at its axis. The year was 1980, and Cavett’s guest was the writer-critic Mary McCarthy. What began as a typical episode became a stick of dynamite, however, when she said of playwright Lillian Hellman, “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’” Hellman filed a libel suit, McCarthy doubled down, and the literary world ignited with hot tempers and electric accusations.

And tangled up in it all was Mr. Cavett, who today plumbs his memories to conjure his ‘80 self alongside two accomplished actresses, switching between his role in those moments and breaking the fourth wall to share his recollections. “Mr. Cavett’s astringently funny presence,” says The New York Times, “adds layers of charm and verisimilitude” to the narrative, while slick, icy set design coaxes human nuance to the fore.

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