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Not even two of the brightest stage stars — Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow — can make “Hillary and Clinton” more than a wispy exercise.
The barbed comedy that opened Thursday night on Broadway doesn’t lack for laughs. But as it rehashes old wounds, it offers no fresh insights into either political or personal realms.
Fantasy - Facts - Googling - Lucas - Hnath
Blending fantasy and facts easily culled from Googling, Lucas Hnath’s play toys with reality as it tries our patience. While the title conjures the former first couple, the main characters are not that Hillary and Bill, or so we’re told. No pantsuits for her — rather, turtlenecks and slippers. No drawl for him — instead, crisp diction and running shorts.
We’re told it’s a parallel universe, where a woman, Hillary, happens to be running for president. Her husband, Bill, happens to be a former POTUS. Hillary explains this as soon as she gets onstage, when a microphone fails her. See? She can’t get her message across.
Director - Joe - Mantello - Hints - Nothing
Director Joe Mantello’s sly stroke hints that nothing is going well for Hillary, who’s sitting in a New Hampshire hotel room in January 2008. She’s trailing a candidate named Barack in the primary, and her campaign coffers are empty.
Although her campaign...
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