FARRAGUT NORTH at the Odyssey Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

What’s it like being a high-level presidential campaigner? You know, one of the folks who tell candidates what to say and how to say it. They ain’t no lilies of the field. The long hours are grueling, and oh do they spin. Read more…

Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Beau Willimon’s 2008 play Farragut North was loosely based on 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean’s campaign.The show previously played the Geffen Playhouse in 2009 and has now been revived by Theatre Planners at the Odyssey Theatre. Willimon’s much revised and expanded script (with input from George Clooney and Grant Heslov) received an Academy Award nomination for The Ides of March, a 2011 film version. Willimon has gone on to create and write NetFlix’s House of Cards. The writer knows the political milieu very well indeed. The play is billed as “a classic tale of hubris” and that it is. Every one of the main characters is brimming over with hubris and the cutthroat world of modern American politics is their playpen. It’s a fascinating piece of writing. Read more…

Now running through May 21