Honestly, there are a thousand things that are great about this show and it’s hard to pin down one thing. Ben was exceptional and the rest of the cast is incredible too. The writing is so well plotted it feels like you are watching something out of someone’s biography. Very clearheaded about the time period it lives in. The set, the intimacy of the theatre, the humor.
What I didn't like
Today’s political lens seeps in a little at the end. It’s for drama-sake but it took me out a little. Maybe because I have a hard time thinking anyone within the Bush campaign would have called racism on anything, but maybe it happened.
My overall impression
A great play with a superior acting job! Ben Hethcoat has a tough job playing a character who is equal parts despicable and charismatic. It helps that he looks like him sort of too. He alone is worth the price of admission, but this play has so much more to offer. It never judges it’s subjects (only briefly towards the end) which I found refreshing given the political nature of the content. It shows when politics started to get vicious in the modern era. An amazingly engaging piece about an oft-forgotten time in our political history and the humble beginnings of our current political climate (which is in a bad state).