THE BEST MAN (play)
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AGED UNDER 13, OR THE EASILY
Ends 26th May 2018.
How to choose between a popular man and an ex-Secretary of State in the
US Presidential Nomination race? Get a respected ex-President's
Martin Shaw, Maureen Lipman, Glynis Barber, Jeff Fahey, Honeysuckle
Weeks and Jack Shepherd take part in this new political play.
Not available. Reports are that this 1960s play about American politics may
feel dated at times, but overall is still more than relevant to the present
situation. As the period dictates, many reviewers note that the script has
considerably more dialogue and less actual action than a political play today.
It's slow and not half as effective as "Oslo," or even "Labour of Love" for
many, though Maureen Lipman makes the most of her comedic talents for highly
praised light relief in her delivery. The other ladies - Glynis Barber (Alice
Russell) and Honeysuckle Weeks (Mrs Cantwell) are also noted for making much of
sketched in roles.
Martin Shaw (Russell) and Jeff Fahey (Cantwell) are the
husbands, and most professionals note that they manage to produce some drama
after a rather slow start. Director Simon Evans apparently finds a way to
balance the longer speeches with some momentum, and the result is at the very
least an educational evening and chance to see the first UK production of a
regularly staged American work.
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