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Gore Vidal's the Best Man

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Gore Vidal's The Best Man

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
04/01/12
performer:
Candice Bergen, Kerry Butler, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Eric McCormack, Michael McKean
director:
Michael Wilson
author:
Gore Vidal

We gave it a D

I’d hate to see second best. Forty years ago, when it was first staged, Vidal’s comic drama Gore Vidal’s the Best Man (which is neither particularly comic nor especially dramatic) about presidential politics might have been considered sophisticated, but today one’s interest is disbelievingly anthropological: This is what we were like in 1960? Only some hilarious shtick by Jonathan Hadary redeems this self-basting turkey; Chris Noth, Spalding Gray, and Charles Durning just go through motionless motions. D