Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fair Game

Fair Game might as well just run for office itself: it already has the buttery words, clever metaphors, and sinister secrets of a politician. But Karl Gajdusek's love story is sincere, and his politics are realistic: in other words, unelectable, but to the theatergoer, simply delectable. It's not the from-the-headlines story that's good, it's the handling of details: the lead is a woman running for president, the juicy part is that her son's involved in a sexual scandal. The design of the story is well executed by director Andrew Volkoff, and the script is rife with colorful "sidebars" given as lectures or genuine bon mots in conversation. The second act suffers momentarily from a jump into the future, but the words are still like butter: even as a lengthy play, it's a smooth feature article. Commendations, too, to the cast, particularly Chris Henry Coffey, who has the likable smugness of Michael J. Fox and the imposing insecurity of Nathan Fillion.

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