Hillary and Clinton BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • DEADLINE

  • VARIETY

  • HR

  • EW

Opening Night:
April 18, 2019
Closing:
July 21, 2019

Theater: John Golden Theatre / 252 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Two-time Tony Award, and three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf, and two-time Tony Award and six-time Emmy winner John Lithgow return to Broadway to star in Hillary and Clinton, a new play by Tony nominee Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2). Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. Behind closed doors in the state of New Hampshire during the early days of 2008, a former First Lady named Hillary is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. Her husband, Bill, sees things one way; her campaign manager, Mark, sees things another. If any of this sounds familiar, don’t be fooled; in a universe of infinite possibilities, anything can happen. Hillary and Clinton examines the politics of marriage, gender roles, and the limitations of experience in this profound and timely look at an American dynasty in crisis.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Hillary and Clinton

    Review: In ‘Hillary and Clinton,’ Codependence, and, Yes, Camaraderie

    Ben Brantley

    April 18, 2019: Instead — and this is what makes this play something more than a receptacle for recycled observations about its famous subjects — “Hillary and Clinton” strips its protagonist down to her most ordinary self. And it invites us to look at her with the easy familiarity with which we might regard someone living next door, or in our own family. Or even our very selves, as we could be in an alternative universe, such as the one this play presents.

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  • DEADLINE REVIEW OF Hillary and Clinton

    'Hillary and Clinton' Broadway Review: Laurie Metclaf, John Lithgow Are Winning Ticket We Hardly Knew

    Greg Evans

    April 18, 2019: The cast, needless to say, couldn’t be better. There are no impersonations here, with Metcalf and Lithgow hitting something deeper and more satisfying, gaining universality while nailing the specific – watch how Metcalf sharpens into another person altogether when an outsider breeches the Clintons’ private realm. In a flash, Metcalf seems to concede Bill’s argument: Hillary is inauthenticity to the bone.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Hillary and Clinton

    Broadway Review: Laurie Metclaf and John Lithgow in 'Hillary and Clinton'

    Marilyn Stasio

    April 18, 2019: The only thing wrong in this fictionalized visit to the 2008 primary — the one that saw Barack Obama claim the Democratic nomination for president over Hillary — is that playwright Hnath, Tony nominated for “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” has brought nothing of substance to the table. The characters stand up. The language is strong. But like Claudius’s earnest prayer to his resolutely unimpressed God in “Hamlet,” nothing said by either party reaches the heavens.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Hillary and Clinton

    'Hillary and Clinton': Theatre Review

    David Rooney

    April 18, 2019: Sure, it's entertaining; Hnath is too smart a writer, and Metcalf and Lithgow too gifted as actors, not to keep us engaged. But not only does Hillary and Clinton lack illuminating fresh perspective, it lacks drama.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Hillary and Clinton

    Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow take on Hillary and Clinton on Broadway: EW review

    Jessica Shaw

    April 18, 2019: But it is Metcalf, who seems to have become the exceptional director Joe Mantello’s muse of late (she earned a Tony for their previous collaboration in Three Tall Women and they’ve announced their next collaboration will be Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) who elevates this production with devastating take-downs of her her husband like, “You know given the chance I will eclipse you.” Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, the repercussions of that line, 11 years later, will knock the wind out of you.

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