Kennedy: Bobby's Last Crusade
Midtown W
82

Kennedy: Bobby's Last Crusade NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(68 Reviews)
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97%
Mixed
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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

About the Show

Featuring a collection of Bobby Kennedy's most famous speeches, this world premiere solo play also highlights the personal and less publicized moments of those last four months of the 1968 campaign.


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64
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if If you want to see a play that deals with the last months of RFK. A nice small theater.

Don't see it if Davis Arrows massacuttes accent goes in and out, not genuine. Never felt he was RFK.

77
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Instructive, Good acting

See it if u want a revealing look at a fascinating, dramatic period in POTUS politics, from the perspective of one of its central, towering figures.

Don't see it if you expect a full biographical sketch of RFK [This sticks pretty much to the last months of his life]; you're not interested in US politics. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

November 8th, 2018

“Arrow is best when he's lifting directly from his subject's act: the speeches that RFK delivered...in his quest to win the Democratic nomination...Nightengale delivers a neat staging that clearly delineates between Kennedy's actual words and the original text...Unfailingly sympathetic to his subject, Arrow gives us little sense of RFK's shortcomings...A sincere tribute to a Democratic hero of the past, giving us plenty to ponder in choosing the hero of the future.”
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November 11th, 2018

"Informative and bittersweet solo piece...We get the softer, self-effacing side of the politician when he expresses regret over some of his actions during his brother's administration...Arrow certainly resembles his subject, though his inconsistent vocal impersonation can get a bit extreme. But, more importantly, the sincerity is there, in both the public servant and the artist presenting him."
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November 9th, 2018

"But when we first view him here, he seems almost a timid political tyro. Arrow and Nightengale have the character eventually gain assertiveness and depth, when such incidents as the assassination of Martin Luther King in April and a humiliating loss to McCarthy in the Oregon primary in May test his mettle. But the early part of the play, filled with sequences of uninspired public speaking, don't make Bobby a character the audience particularly wants to root for."
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November 13th, 2018

“There’s something absolutely electric about Bobby Kennedy...Arrow meets the demands of his one-person show...with fervor and delicacy...His script is plain, but feels alarmingly accurate...Nightengale really keeps the drama moving...The show is a lesson in perspective...Arrow’s strength is his dedication to authenticity. His clear intent not to gloss over the deeper issues surrounding Kennedy’s 1968 campaign makes viewing this political journey so very special.”
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November 8th, 2018

“Arrow…bears a rather close, physical resemblance to the man...Those who remember RFK well, though, will find Arrow's voice too high pitched and light, and his Massachusetts accent both inconsistent and unconvincing…If conflict be the heart of theatre, there's little of it here. Kennedy describes his campaign, offers anecdotes, gives speeches, and is killed…There's no dialogue with others, no one-on-one confrontations (although he mentions shouting at his staff), and thus no drama.”
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November 12th, 2018

"This one-man biodrama, is one sided on facts and short on emotional impact...Arrow, looks like Bobby and has some of the charisma, but misses on his vocal intonation. He is too high pitched with his accent going in and out. Vocally he is annoying. Nightengale's direction tries to keep this piece moving, but doesn’t always succeed...Will appeal to those who do not know the history of this, but will younger audiences even know who Bobby Kennedy is?"
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November 10th, 2018

"David Arrow bears an incredible resemblance to Bobby and he skillfully crafted a brilliant rendering of the man, capturing Bobby’s mannerisms and his famous New Englander accent. However, the iconic, and potentially hyperbolic, Kennedy charm was slightly lacking during Bobby’s speeches...As a playwright, David cleverly creates the foundation for strong character development that follows alongside the success of RFK’s bid to become the Democratic candidate for President."
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