See it if you want to learn about the Buckley Jr./Vidal relationship leading up to the 1968 Democratic National Convention or just want fine acting.
Don't see it if the thought of a play about American culture and politics of the late 1960s makes you snooze, top notch acting notwithstanding. Read more
See it if very much a political drama, based on fact and very absorbing, excellent acting
Don't see it if if you are not a fan of American politics
See it if You like political, thought provoking shows
Don't see it if You don't know much about US political history
See it if You enjoy American politics and intense male egos on stage.
Don't see it if You want something entertaining or thrilling. Or are simply not interested in American politics.
See it if You want great actors
Don't see it if You want musical or dancing
Herrin’s production, co-produced by Headlong Theatre, is dynamic but rough around the edges, with some small fluffs on opening night. But a slightly imperfect new James Graham play will always be streets ahead of the competition.
Graham has given us a raw, exciting and timely piece about how we have forgotten how to listen to each other.
No playwright has a scalpel as sharp as James Graham’s when it comes to dissecting politics; he has a brilliance and edge that strips away all unnecessary material till the beating heart of the matter is revealed.
But for a show that is technically slick throughout (and features an insanely impressive ensemble cast), the most thrilling moments come during the TV debates, when the archive clips are replaced with a live feed being filmed on stage.
Graham proves that he stands with [Aaron] Sorkin as our best dramatic interpreters of the interplay of media and politics.