Playwright Tony Kushner spoke at the Guthrie Theater tonight in conversation with artistic director Joe Dowling. Over the course of two hours, Kushner managed to do everything from condemn Ayn Rand (“put your hand in a blender, it’s faster”) to flirt with the entire Twin City Gay Men’s Chorus (“you’re all really hot, if I wasn’t already married, etc”). While Dowling avoided any mention of recent critical reviews of Kushner’s new play The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Sciptures , Kushner himself took a moment to address questions about the plays “readiness:”

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A Wisconsin-based production is shooting a movie called “Ed Gein: The Musical,” about the 1950s Plainfield grave robber and insane murderer. It wouldn’t be the first time the man’s life has inspired art – he’s considered the basis for the Norman Bates character in “Psycho.” The co-owner of the production company (who will be playing Gein) promises a movie that’s historically accurate, funny, and filled with great music.

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