Hillary and Clinton OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 1, 2016
    Closing:
    May 1, 2016

    Theater: West End Theatre / 263 West 86th Street, New York, New York, 10024

    Synopsis: 

    Imagine that in an alternate universe, very much like our own, is another world where a woman named Hillary is trying to become president of a country called the United States of America. In a hotel room in New Hampshire in 2008, Hillary is poised to lose her last Primary Election. When her husband Bill arrives in the middle of the night to offer support, he turns the campaign upside down. Fresh from the IGNITION Festival of New Plays, Lucas Hnath’s "Hillary and Clinton" is a fast-paced, no-holds-barred glimpse into a political storm of another world. Chay Yew directs Hnath’s 2008 Primary Election fantasy, exploring the extraordinary sacrifices one is willing to make in order to gain ultimate power.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Hillary and Clinton

    Politics Takes Center Stage in ‘Carlyle’ and ‘Hillary and Clinton’

    Charles Isherwood

    April 18, 2016: In “Hillary and Clinton,” Mr. Hnath presents a fictionalized drama about Hillary Clinton’s initial bid for the presidency. An opening monologue stresses that this is fantasy, asking us to imagine another Earth and that “on this planet, Earth light years away from our planet Earth, there is a woman named Hillary.” A program note urges the actors playing the roles to avoid any sense of mimicry. Hillary is portrayed by a black actress, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, who exudes convincing gravitas. The Other Guy, as her opponent is denoted in the script, presumably represents a fictional Barack Obama. He is played by the Latino actor Juan Francisco Villa. Still, on a basic level, both the characters and the situations are pretty clearly modeled on fact. The play is set a few days before the New Hampshire primary. As was the actual case, Hillary’s campaign at this point would need a crucial win. As she talks with her campaign manager, Mark (Keith Kupferer), he stresses that they are running out of money, and even suggests (here we lapse, I would guess, into total fiction) that Hillary take the vice president slot that has been unofficially offered by her opponent. “We poll well with the poor, but the poor don’t have any money,” Mark says. “The other guy polls well with the rich, and so he gets the money.” (Perhaps a winking paradox in there, given the financial dynamics of Mrs. Clinton’s current campaign.)

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