By Michael Gioia
29 Nov 2012
Concluding Dec. 2
Sorry (Off-Broadway at The Public Theater). Richard Nelson's Election Day-set drama Sorry, the latest work in the playwright's collection of political plays about an American family, features Jay O. Sanders, Maryann Plunkett, Jon DeVries, Laila Robins and J. Smith-Cameron. Nelson directs. According to the Public, "A year after Sweet and Sad, the Apple family again share a meal in Rhinebeck, as they sort through personal and political feelings of loss and confusion on the morning of the day the country will choose the next president. Like the first two plays, Sweet and Sad and That Hopey Changey Thing, Sorry opened on the day that it is set, November 6, 2012 — Election Day." Visit PublicTheater.org.
The Exonerated (Off-Broadway at Culture Project). The Culture Project's 10th anniversary production of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's The Exonerated features a rotating cast directed by Bob Balaban. It is described as a "ground breaking dramatization of the real-life stories of six individuals who were sentenced to death and later freed amidst overwhelming evidence of their innocence. [The Exonerated is] a powerful play culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and court records of individuals on death row. As timely as ever, The Exonerated is once again poised to increase visibility and to create a sense of urgency as part of a rising movement to restore justice to a system that has shown itself time and again to be deeply flawed." Visit CultureProject.org.
Checkers (Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre). Checkers, Douglas McGrath's new play about Richard Nixon at a momentous period in his political career, features Tony Award winner Anthony LaPaglia as Nixon and Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe as his wife, Pat. According to Off-Broadway's Vineyard, "It's 1952. A young Richard Nixon is campaigning as his party's candidate for Vice-President — his wife, Pat, proudly at his side — when an accusation of financial impropriety almost ends his promising career. In a momentous speech, he takes charge of his fate, and changes the character of American politics forever. Checkers is a revelatory look at Nixon's drive, history, and most surprisingly, his marriage to Pat — all of which are explored with insight, blistering wit and unexpected tenderness." Visit VineyardTheatre.org.