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Kennedy: Bobby's Last Crusade

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Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, 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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"Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade" follows Robert F. Kennedy during the fateful 1968 presidential campaign, from his announcement of his intention to enter the race in March, to his last speech on June 4th at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.


Member Reviews (68)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
82
Avg Score

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.

Also Despite some issues with the accuracy of the accent, David Arrow does ... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you knew him - you'll enjoy reacquaintance. ...if you didn't know - you'll meet an interesting characterization that is well done.

Don't see it if you do not like one person performances, have no interest in politics or history as this is a true representation of his final months.

83
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Nostalgic, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You are interested in the true story of Presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy, and think of what might have been, year 1968.

Don't see it if U r too young to remember when the world went crazy, Vietnam War, senseless assassinations, good person forced into aimpossible situation.

Also David Arrow embodies the spirit of Bobby Kennedy. He reminds us of the... Read more Read less

72
Nice historical positive perspective.

See it if You're a fan of Bobby Kennedy.

Don't see it if You don't like historical solo shows.

85
Instant memory recall, Should see, Memory provoking, Tear inducing, Resonantly relevant

See it if snapshot of most turbulent year in US history & portrait of RFK with all his Kennedy baggage would make you sit up straight in theatre seat

Don't see it if you fear you will cry throughout, you will .... have no interest in historical moment or how we got to where we are now in US politics

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Touching, Haunting

See it if if you remember the Kennedy family, specifically Bobby; if you like history or if you enjoy personal stories about public figures.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of the Kennedy family, do not like one man shows, are not interested in history or do not particularly care about Bobby

85
Very entertaining / highly recommended, Moving video-projection + cool 'changing' campaign signs, Clever set design staging & lighting / great music, Strong performance / admirable research, Informative / moving / inspiring / relevant

See it if you enjoy US history, politics, & based-on-true-life plays. Small glimpse into the in's & out's of RFK's short 1968 presidential campaign.

Don't see it if you're not into politics. It's not about 1 party VS another. It's about heart & soul, equality, social issues, staying humble, working hard.

Also Has the USA changed much since the '68 campaign?... Read more Read less

83
Thought-provoking, Informative, Living history, Only the sweet side

See it if You enjoy historical, informative theater. History of our times. Did RFK really run on & stand for all of these positive programs & ideas?

Don't see it if You have no interest in modern American politics, the Kennedy's place in US history. You have been seeing too much current news.

Also I listened to the quotes from RFK's speeches and wondered where I had ... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You'd like a glimpse of Bobby Kennedy's intelligence, articulation, hopes & dreams for this country & what was lost with his murder in 1968.

Don't see it if You're not interested in political theatre or a MAGA fan—you probably won't go for it. Still, Kennedy's was a journey of the soul, so maybe.

Also It's hard to believe there was a time in the US when politicians weren... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Slow, Repetitive

See it if you are interested in history &/or the Kennedys. Very well performed. Interesting how relevant content of his speeches are today. Cool set.

Don't see it if you don't like 1 man shows, have no interest in history. Speeches are sometimes repetitive.

Also There was a talk back following the performance I attended and that re... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You were a Bobby Kennedy supporter or if you are too young to remember this great man. The actor portraying him was superb.

Don't see it if You dislike the Kennedy's so much you would rather not see anything positive about one of them (even if it's true)

81
Absorbing, Clever, Dated, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You want to see a great one man show about RFK. Actor very talented. Great history lesson. But a bit long in parts.

Don't see it if You do not like historical pieces or one man shows.

84
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Profound

See it if You are interested in Bobby Kennedy, particularly his Presidential campaign. Arrow does a good impression and includes many speech excerpts.

Don't see it if you are looking for a "play" in the traditional sense. Or if you are not an admirer, or at least, interested in Kennedy's run for President.

71
Disappointing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like solo shows about historical figures. Bobby Kennedy the 60s

Don't see it if You want a developed story this is a series of political speeches nothing more

83
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if want to see an interesting solo show about Booby Kennedy's run to get the Democratic nomination for US president. It brought back memories.

Don't see it if If you don't like politics - especially liberal views. Most of the writing came directly from Kennedy's speeches. A bit dull at first.

73
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if David Arrow is sensational as Bobby Kennedy in this interesting one-man show. At times, the play feels a touch formulaic but still succeeds.

Don't see it if This play shines a light on Bobby Kennedy just before he meets his maker and how similar events from yesterday mirror the events of today.

70
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to learn about RFK's campaign for the presidency in 1968 - even if you lived through it this work is eye-opening and well done.

Don't see it if if you don't like one man plays about politics; especially if you don't know or care about RFK. This requires audience attention.

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if You are a history buff or want to learn more about RFK & his 68 campaign. Makes u think about what a true leader is & how little has changed

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy solo performances. interesting to hear campaign speeches & behind the scene stories but a little repetitive & slow.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Timely

See it if you enjoy one man shows, as this one is excellently written. Also, if you love relevant stories with historical figures, you’ll love this.

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of one man shows; there is some interaction with the audience, but this is a wordy play that requires your attention.

Also I’m usually not a fan of one man shows, but this is just so exquisitel... Read more Read less

52
Cliched, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you were young in the 60's

Don't see it if you dont like one man plays

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if The lead looks and acts more like RFK than RFK. You are transported back to the idealism of the 60,s

Don't see it if You are not a history uff or like one man shos

80
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to be inspired by a politician's words. For the first 45 minutes I was totally enthralled by this show.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that lose steam.The 2nd .5 is not as good as the 1st, but still worth seeing.Arrow is good as RFK, but his accent isn't

81
Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like political figures brought to life on stage. Don't let the one-person show structure discourage you, the staging is excellent.

Don't see it if you don't like speculation about real-life history or one-person shows.

89
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to be near someone who looks and sounds like Bobby Kennedy and reminds you what great leadership is.

Don't see it if You're not into one-man or docu- plays. The script is woven-together speeches, which sounds dry, but it's done exceptionally well.


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 sub...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 d...
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