See it if want to see the potential in this comedy/drama about Reagan, Nancy & Jeane Kirkpatrick
Don't see it if don't want to see it before it's ready to be seen
See it if you like American politics and want a good historical refresher about Jean Kirkpatrick and her rival at the UN, Nora Astorga, from Nicaragua
Don't see it if important, recent American historical events bore you, or you do not want to learn something new in an intelligent way.
“This underrehearsed piece is marred by sluggish pacing and lengthy expository scenes with secondary characters. Worse, the comedy it does mine is unfortunately vulgar...The scenes between Kirkpatrick and Astorga have a great deal of potential. These two very different women spar over politics, celebrity culture and Chanel in ways that are smart and exciting. Perhaps Nevaer could refashion this as a two-hander, and flush the rest.”
"The staging is static, and actors spend most of their time sitting down or facing front...Actors flub lines and visibly skip around the script...Characters often describe their personal changes rather than actually undergoing them onstage. Consequently, there is little emotional arc for any character...There are, however, a few successful moments...While comedic elements are inconsistent and frequently lost behind exposition, the moments that shine through are sharp and witty."
"While political drama can be hard-hitting, 'Reagan’s Athena' is more like an acute career study...Some of the most dialectically challenging (and politically energized) text in the script might not be the most dramatic...The actors look like they are still fine-tuning points in the drama. Searching for meaning in the dense, layered story, the overall execution of the play feels a bit dragged down...It would be inspiring if the play was lifted up, out of the workshop phase."