Over the course of a year in the oval office (beautifully and roundly represented on the History Theatre's thrust stage by Rick Polenek's set), LBJ tries to honor JFK's legacy by doing what he was unable to do, pass the Civil Rights Act, while still placating the Southern motherf**kin democratic republicans enough that he could win the election (I couldn't help myself, this Hamilton quote kept running through my mind). The hoops that he had to go through, the people he had to threaten or suck up to, will make TGIT viewers think of Scandal (but without the murder). And the demonstrations, protests, and counter-protests will make one think of the daily news. 1964's "Freedom Summer," a campaign to register black voters in the South, both helped and hurt LBJ's efforts to pass the legislation. But he somehow managed to both pass it and win the election.
|MLK and LBJ (Shawn Hamilton and|
Pearce Bunting, with Peter Middlecamp)
|LBJ and HHH celebrate victory with their wives|
(Jennifer Blagen, Pearce Bunting,
Andrew Erskine Wheeler, and Patty Mathews)
As always at the History Theatre, All the Way is a historical play that reminds us of our past and how it affects our present. It's well done political historical drama, just make sure to take a nap or grab a cup of coffee before you go, because you're in it for the long (but worthwhile) haul (continuing through October 29).