Political drama, `State,' seems out of date

Theater Review

October 02, 2006|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic

The State of the Union may not have changed much in the six decades since Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse wrote their play of that title. But the state of the theater has changed a great deal.

Thematically, Lindsay and Crouse's fictitious account of the making of a presidential candidate is barely dated. Backroom politics, special interests, and political and marital infidelity all sound strikingly familiar. But as directed by Kyle Donnelly at Ford's Theatre in Washington, too much of the production, characterizations and plot development feel creaky.

State of the Union continues through Oct. 22 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington. $25-$52. 202-347-4833 or fordstheatre.org

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