It Had To Be You

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It Had To Be You is a comedy written by American playwrights Joseph Bologna [1] and Renée Taylor [2] about Theda Blau, a failed actress, health food nut, and would-be playwright who wants to find love and success in New York. She meets Vito Pignoli, a hugely successful TV commercial director. By holding him hostage in her apartment on a snowy Christmas Eve, she somehow manages to convince him to be her partner both on the page and off.

Casting: 1m, 1f

Translations and adaptations

A filmed version directed by and starring the authors was released in 1989.

Performance history in South Africa

A Pieter Toerien production was directed by Rex Garner, designed by Bruno Santini, performed at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town. Date unknown.

The original text

Published by Samuel French.


Samuel French [3].

Theatre programme held by NELM: [Collection: MARKET THEATRE]: 2014. 7. 218.

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