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This is my second David Auburn play. This is about Joseph Alsop and is a brilliant look at how someone like Alsop could play a role in politics as a journalist that probably no one today could. I don't want to give away any major plot lines, but this is a mostly true look at Alsop in his era. Alsop was one of the most powerful men of his era, a journalist whose column was carried by newspapers all over America. But little was known of him as a person, because in those days, the private lives of the movers and shakers was off limits. Witness JFK and his serial womanizing, J Edgar Hoover's presumed homosexuality, and so on. Alsop was a public figure who pressured presidents and clashed with journalists who thought differently about the major issue of the day, the war in Vietnam.
This cast is stellar and I cannot imagine better performances. As a bonus, there is a question and answer session at the conclusion of the play with the playwright. This is an outstanding way to learn a bit of history and be absolutely gripped by drama. One of my favorites!