By B. Altschuler
This booklet seeks to fill an incredible hole within the literature approximately fictional representations of presidents by way of learning greater than forty performs, written for the reason that 1900, that have had famous productions on or off-Broadway or in one other significant city.
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In New York, only two one-man shows have debuted. In 1976, Fritz Weaver starred in Saul Levitt’s Lincoln, an off—Broadway production that ran for less than two weeks. Covering Lincoln’s life from the start of his legal career through his presidency, the play sought to enliven the one-person format with such techniques as screen projections and having Lincoln comment on his Gettysburg Address as the speech played on tape. Critics thought the play covered too much ground with too-brief snippets. ”111 Although its Broadway run was little longer, Herbert Mitgang’s Mister Lincoln has proven more lasting than Levitt’s work.
As soon as Burr exits, facing arrest and trial, Madison assures Dolly he will withhold the letters, now in his possession, thereby making conviction for treason impossible. ”10 Critics generally praised what they considered an enjoyable albeit fairly lightweight show. ”11 The Broadway run was a modestly successful 64 performances. 12 In order to make the play more appealing to audiences, Nirdlinger took events that actually occurred over a period of more than a dozen years and condensed them into about six months.
By agreeing, after some initial reluctance, to say a prayer for the boy and then searching for a doctor, Abe accepts the responsibility of saving a sick nation. In its depiction of Lincoln as a complex character with flaws to overcome, the play is a considerable advance over its predecessors, yet is able to retain the heroic president by ending just as he assumes office. However, because the focus of the play is on Abe’s internal struggle, Sherwood is forced to find ways of dramatizing it through external events even if they must be invented.
Acting Presidents: 100 Years of Plays about the Presidency by B. Altschuler