Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — This season, Broadway’s wearing its politics on its sleeve.
Take a look at the new play starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow. In many ways, the characters they portray could be anyone — just two people in a hotel room late at night, navigating a turbulent, high-stakes time in their marriage.
But they’re not just anyone, because the characters played by these two Tony-winning actors are named Hillary and Bill Clinton.
The latest Broadway outing for playwright Lucas Hnath (“A Doll’s House, Part 2”), “Hillary and Clinton” isn’t alone. It’s one of several plays this season that directly, often urgently, address the contemporary political landscape.
Some, like “Hillary and Clinton” or “What the Constitution Means to Me,” Heidi Schreck’s deft mashup of personal memoir and constitutional debate, do it overtly. Others, such as “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” take a sideways approach; the Taylor Mac comedy is framed as the aftermath of a Shakespearean tragedy but draws clear inspiration from more recent news cycles.
Politics has always played a role on Broadway. The international mega-smash “Hamilton,” for instance, not only chronicles the birth of the nation, but by casting nonwhite actors as … — Gordon Cox/@Variety