The Best Man crackles with the smart lines and situations inherent to the work of Gore Vidal. The political intrigues rampant in Vidals 1960 setting are strangly similar to the political intrigues of the present day. This darkly satirical drama finds two presidential contenders seeking the endorsement of an aging ex-president and explores how personal agendas can change the course of a nations destiny.
A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Terrence Currier, Johnny Holliday, Naomi Jacobson, Timmy Ray James, Michael Kramer, Marsha Mason, Paul Morella, Kevin Murray, Judy Simmons, Gary Sloan and Senator Fred Thompson.
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This darkly satirical drama by Gore Vidal finds two Presidential contenders seeking the endorsement of an aging ex-president, and explores how personal agendas can change the course of a nation's destiny. A co-production with The Smithsonian Associates and Voice of America. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Terrence Currier as Ex-President Hockstader Johnny Holliday as Dr. Artinian/Reporter Naomi Jacobson as Mabel Cantwell Timmy Ray James as Senator Carlin/Reporter Michael Kramer as Sheldon Marcus Marsha Mason as Alice Russell Paul Morella as Senator Joe Cantwell Kevin Murray as Dick Jensen Judy Simmons as Mrs. Gamadge Gary Sloan as Don Blades Senator Fred Thompson as William Russell Directed by Nick Olcott. Recorded before a live audience at Voice of America, Washington D.C. in May of 2002.Review:
Director Nick Alcott and his cast create an adrenaline-charged pace in Gore Vidal's 1960 political drama (revived in 2000) about the backstage maneuvering of a presidential convention. On- and off-the-record conversations unfold quickly and meaningfully as candidate Bill Russell (Fred Thompson) seeks to win his party's nomination without surrendering his self-respect. The play, even after 44 years, is a smart little gem, and the performance effectively captures its various moods, moving smoothly between satire and drama and always skewering the national habit of instinctive dissembling. The only intermittent weakness is Fred Thompson, who sounds a bit lifeless in some important scenes, but the ensemble acting is consistently fine. --AudioFile Magazine
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Book Description L.A. Theatre Works, 2005. Audio CD. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1580812732
Book Description L A Theatre Works, 2004. Audio CD. Book Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 1 pages. 7.25x5.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1580812732