Gore Vidal's Political Drama The Best Man Returns to Broadway

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Gore Vidal play The Best Man was a somewhat sardonic look at political types when it first appeared on Broadway in 1960: A scrupulous candidate fights for his party’s nomination against an unscrupulous candidate in what becomes a game of "How Low Can You Go?"

That battle is back on in a revival of the play directed by Michael Wilson at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The production is star-studded with John Laroquette, Eric McCormack, Candice Bergen, Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones among the players. But political fighting is considerably nastier today than it was 50 years ago. Does Vidal’s play have something to say to us now? The New York Times' Charles Isherwood casts his vote.

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