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94 events
22 reviews
12 stars
Had a great dinner before at Mannequin Pis. Delicious food, Sort of "spotty" service (not bad, or unpleasant, just not terribly professional) In a small strip mall maybe 10 minuets from the theater.
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8 events
8 reviews
4 stars
The Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab does not have reserved seats. However, the front rows are reserved for people with mobility issues. A few late-comers were seated in front also.
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"Farragut North"
28 ratings
4.4 average rating
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78 events
21 reviews
35 stars
attended May 10 2011

Relevant to our times and where we live because of the setting of a presidential campaign, but the play did not grab me. Cast and acting OK but not a standout for me.

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3 reviews
15 stars
attended May 22 2011

This was my first Goldstar event.
Picking up tickets was easy although I would have loved better seats. It was a soldout performance.

Superb acting delivered the playright's intent powerfully. Actor in the role of Steve Bellamy was the best...continued

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38 reviews
38 stars
attended May 19 2011

The acting was very good, but the play itself needs more work. Since the script includes minimal exposition and the program notes are not helpful, I wasted time and diverted attention all evening to trying to figure out exactly who the characters...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

Read an interview with playwright Beau Willimon.

Description

Twenty-something wunderkind press secretary Stephen Bellamy has built a career that men twice his age would envy.  During a close primary race for the presidency, however, Stephen’s meteoric rise falls prey to backroom politics, the manipulations of veteran operatives, and the wiles of a seductive young intern.  

Playwright Beau Willimon drew on his experience as a volunteer for Charles Schumer’s first campaign in the Senate in 1998, and as a press aide for Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign.  He also worked on campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Bill Bradley. However, he is reticent to classify Farragut North as a purely political drama. 

In an interview with The Boston Globe, he explained:  “The themes of the play can translate to any number of worlds.  It could be Wall Street; it could be Hollywood; it could be a hospital or Home Depot.”  

Olney Theatre Center’s Associate Artistic Director Clay Hopper helms this production. He most recently directed Triumph of Love on the Mainstage last season. Hopper has been directing for National Players and Summer Shakespeare Festival since 2003, including The Tempest, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream_. *

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  • Hopper explains his vision for Farragut North:  “We’re getting down to the essential elements of the story, without getting caught up in the details of the political milieu. The danger of doing this play, as I see it, is to turn it into a documentary about contemporary politics, when it’s actually about something deeper than that. Having said that, those who are interested in what goes on during a primary campaign will find this to be a fascinating insider portrait of that world.”