The demand for Huntington Theatre Company's production of Nixon's Nixon drove the Massachusetts venue to extend it run even before its first performance. The political satire by Russell Lees reteams last season's London West End cast and director, March 1-April 7. The run was originally scheduled to end March 31.
Nixon's Nixon, is a two-character fictional speculation of a real-life meeting between former President Richard Nixon and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on the eve of the 1974 resignation. The play garnered star Gerry Bamman an Obie Award when it originally ran Off-Broadway in 1996.
Director Charles Towers helms his long-time cast of Tim Donoghue and Keith Jochim. The trio first collaborated on the work at Cincinnati Playhouse in 1997. They then went on to perform the satire ten more times at venues including San Francisco's Old Globe Theatre, the 1999 Edinburgh Festival, Dublin's Tivoli Theatre, Toronto's duMaurier World Stage Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and London's Comedy Theatre.
The creative team include Bill Clarke (set), Hillary Derby (costumes), Dan Kotlowitz (lighting) and Ben Emerson (sound).
The rest of the season at Huntington is as follows: Frank McGuinness' Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme will run March 30-May 5 at the Wilbur Theatre in collaboration with Broadway in Boston and Clear Channel Entertainment. Starring in the production are Scott Wolf and Justin Theroux, who reprise their roles from the Nicholas Martin-helmed Williamstown Theatre Festival staging.
The final play in their season will be Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns. Ron Rifkin is slated to play the lead in the New England premiere at the Boston University Theatre May 17-June 16.
For tickets to Nixon's Nixon at the Huntington Theatre Company, 264 Huntington Avenue in Boston, call their box office at (617) 266-0800. For more information, visit their website at www.huntingtontheatre.org..
— by Ernio Hernandez