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Christopher Durang, Writer of ‘Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You,’ Dies at 75

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Brent Lang Executive Editor Christopher Durang, a Tony Award-winning playwright who specialized in a particular form of brainy and absurdist comedy, has died.

He was 75. The cause was complications from a form of dementia known as logopenic primary progressive aphasia, according to his husband John Augustine.

Durang was best known for writing 1979’s “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You,” a popular dissection of Catholic doctrine that was frequently staged, drawing occasional protests for its iconoclastic take on religion.

A film version, starring Diane Keaton as the title character, aired on Showtime in 2001. Another Durang play, 1981’s “Beyond Therapy,” which looked at Manhattanites who cope with romantic neurosis with the help of their psychiatrists, was also adapted for the screen by Robert Altman.

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