Just in time for Inauguration Day, CAST presents FROST/NIXON. British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughing stock. Richard Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in disgrace. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in hopes of extracting Nixon’s apology. The cagey president, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation’s eyes. Recognizing that image is everything in the television age, both men are desperate to outtalk and upstage each other. The dramatic result sealed Nixon’s legacy.
CAST presents this political drama sizzling with a hot bed of wit, humor, and sarcasm. Neither David Frost nor Richard Nixon will allow himself to be reduced to cliche.
Performances are Jan. 3 through Jan. 27, 2013.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Select matinees at 2:30 p.m.
No late seating.
The Charlotte Observer: The real Nixon was a smart, hard-working man and mean-spirited liar whose international achievements were overshadowed by his domestic criminality. But the play’s Nixon is self-deluded and pathetic from the moment we see him, even when raging at imagined enemies. (This is the best thing I’ve seen Wilson do, among his many good performances. He really gets the voice, walk and jaw-thrusting aggressiveness.) Click here to read the full review.
Creative Loafing: Our historic antagonists were nearly perfect in their insouciance. That’s partly a tribute to the leads, Hank West and Lamar Wilson. It may also reflect how vividly playwright Peter Morgan has captured the complexity and intensity of both combatants…. Looking more like Frost than any other actor I’ve seen in the role, (Hank) West gets the personality balances just right. … (Lamar) Wilson’s portrait of Nixon… is simply a marvel. Set design by Robert Lee Simmons is a red-white-and-blue mix of TV glitz and White House decrepitude. Click here to read the full review.
Arts a la Mode: This show is well worth a trip to CAST and back in time, through our collective memories. It’s a ritual, tragicomic battle between fallen and rising media stars, which also reflects many aspects, of humanity and idolatry, in our current political theatre. Click here to read the full review.