A one-man show about Harry S. Truman, the common man of common sense who rose to the challenges of America’s highest office, yet never lost the bedrock honesty that won him his nickname.
See it if you love US Hist...and want to "meet" HST. Gr quotes/anecdotes fr a strong, fair man. But glosses over 2nd a-bomb, attack on Marg's critic.
Don't see it if you want a polished prodn. Byrnes has tics (sniffs often, repeatedly says "now, you know, well"). Play has clunky transitions. Still, moving
“President Truman is brought back to life by...Byrnes, who brings a unique perspective to a role such as this, having once served as a Congressional aide...In terms of Mr. Byrnes’ performance, he does indeed come off as presidential...It does a fine job at not only capturing a period in history that has long since passed, but at eloquently showing the audience how some aspects of American politics never really changed."
"Though 'Give ’Em Hell, Harry!' was written more than 40 years ago and toured back then with James Whitmore in the title role of President Harry S Truman, the play sounds to 2018 ears to have been written last week as a reproach to the current holder of that job. And all without mentioning his name...What gives his production its sharp edge is Truman’s warnings about the potential for abuse of power and publicity that he saw in the highest offices of the land."