Five Presidents

Our first venture to theatre in Phoenix itself. The Arizona Theatre Company presented the world premiere at the Herzberg Theatre.

The play poses the question: what would the five Presidents (Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton) have talked about while they were together waiting for Richard Nixon’s funeral to start?

An excellent and experienced cast presented an answer that was at times funny and at others quite a serious discussion of the burdens of high office. It was odd being in an American theatre surrounded by Americans, for this most American play. We as Canadians could be detached, but I had to wonder what the rest of the audience was thinking? One thing they did think was that this was an excellent evening at the theatre, as they gave it an enthusiastic ovation.

I wonder how long it will last? It is very much a play that presents a slice of American history, updated with many topical references that will soon be dated. And I am not sure it will travel well outside the US. But it was certainly a nice way to spend an evening.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Five Presidents

  1. keithhpotter says:

    I agree with Cathy; it was a professional and enjoyable production.
    From the audience response, I think all of Phoenix’s Democrats were in the audience.
    However, it is very much of a time (now) and place (USA) and I do not see it travelling well.

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