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State of the Union

From 44 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

Metropolitan Playhouse presents this 1945 political drama that asks: how can you win a campaign if the candidate insists on saying what he means?  More…

The party needs an independent thinker,  but not one with a mind of his own. Grant Matthews could be the Republicans' savior. A Democrat has held the White House four terms running, but this dynamic industrial tycoon has the charisma and populist instincts to woo a broad swathe of the voting public. With the help of his lover, a driven newspaper magnate, the party leaders convince him to take a speaking tour of the country to test the waters. The catch? For appearance's sake, he must take along his wife, Mary. But as the tour goes on, the politicians realize they didn't reckon with either her honesty or his principles, let alone the chance they might still love each other.


Member Reviews (44)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining
81
Avg Score

71
Dated, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a 'classic' political play which is entertaining

Don't see it if You are used to the high quality of most New York acting

75
Resonant, Clever staging, Relevant, Some excellent acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like Mr Smith Goes to Washington and The Candidate, hate current politics, want well done story of the 40's with relevance today

Don't see it if if politics bores you, if you need elaborate staging, won't travel to the lower East Side, offended that servant roles are so servile.

90
Great sets, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the political process of yesteryear. this is set in an intimate theater which makes it that much more interesting and entertaining

Don't see it if you do not like a play of substance with great characters.

80
Relevant, Intelligent, Great costumes

See it if you are into revivals of a 1945 presidential politics of manipulation and dishonesty relevant to our time. nice lengthy production.

Don't see it if you have enough of our current politics and you do not like long talky plays.

88
Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if This show is relevant to today even though it was written in the 1940s

Don't see it if you don't like political plays.

Also Another excellent play by the Metropolitan Playhouse

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if enjoy interesting plays in a very intimate setting. It's fascinating how a play written in the 1940s feels like it was written for today.

Don't see it if you don't like political themed plays. It is also long (2:40), but it holds your attention.

89
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you enjoy classic American political plays of the 20th Century well presented with style and wit.

Don't see it if you are only interested in fast moving contemporary plays

78
Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are really into politics - then and now...

Don't see it if you are not familiar with politics of 1947 or 2018

Also It is supposed to be a comedy of sorts but it isn't that funny. Maybe ... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy an old fashioned political drama that is surprisingly relevant to today.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a traditional drama with a very linear plot line.

79
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Dated, Great writing

See it if You want to see a good old fashioned play.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend almost three hours in a theatre with a talky show.

84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy well acted, creatively staged older plays that engage the audience; or if you are interested in a non-musical Lindsay and Crouse.

Don't see it if you dislike a small intimate theater experience or a play that requires thoughtful attention.

Also The dresses are exquisite. The staging is the best yet at The Metropol... Read more Read less

82
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like old time traditional political themes that seem to parallel some of today's issues.

Don't see it if You don't like old time 1940's theater productions

74
Entertaining, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You like politcal centered plots - esp classic plays that still feel relevant.

Don't see it if You're looking for high level production values or modern takes - this is a small classic production of a great play.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you are interested in revivals, enjoy political stories & great writing & acting

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or don't like period settings.

Also The play is set in 1948 with great costumes & sets. A highly principle... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Great staging, Delightful

See it if Lovingly done, and although true to it’s time, it could be a current political parable.

Don't see it if You don't like a story set in the past. Also, it is somewhat longer than many contemporary plays.

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you love small, intimate box theaters where you are a mere inches away from the actors. You love politics!

Don't see it if you need a fast moving plot-line, high production value , or hate politics.

65
Imaginative staging, Uneven performances, Slow, Great writing, Dated

See it if You want to see a rarely performed classic political comedy.

Don't see it if You want something cutting edge.

Also This is a noble effort that falls short. While imaginatively staged in... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if See it if you want to see a large, superb cast perform an amusing play that resonates today. For some it may be a history lesson.

Don't see it if Avoid it if you hate politics and don’t have two and a half hours to spend in a theatre.

During previews
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Dated

See it if You enjoy historical dramedy

Don't see it if You have no interest in historical politics

Also Yes, this is dated but that is the purpose of Metropolitan Playhouse. ... Read more Read less


February 19th, 2019
"It doesn't take very long to understand that what at first appears to be a wisecracking political comedy has a heart of purest mush. This sentimentality is so nakedly apparent possibly because much of its humor has the quality of yellowed newsprint...A play like ‘State of the Union’ can, arguabl...
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February 15th, 2019
“Invariably, the play evokes comparisons with the current political environment...The script may periodically show its age, but kudos once again to the marvelous Metropolitan Playhouse for mounting a revival of a rarely produced play...Livingston has drawn fine performances...If the government co...
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February 28th, 2019
“Lindsay and Crouse (known today for The Sound of Music) have written an entertaining and witty look at backroom politics which suddenly seems contemporary all over again. Laura Livingston's high-powered production of State of the Union, which raised eyebrows when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 194...
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February 18th, 2019
"Is the play dated? Yes, but entertainingly so...As good as the drama is, it needs an able cast to breathe life into the script. Fortunately, the 19 actors assembled here are up to the task...The production values come without razzamatazz here, but that's fine...Directed by Laura Livingston, this...
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