Daniel Okrent
November 10, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Gore Vidal's The Best Man

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
04/01/12
performer
Candice Bergen, Kerry Butler, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Eric McCormack, Michael McKean
director
Michael Wilson
author
Gore Vidal

We gave it a D

I’d hate to see second best. Forty years ago, when it was first staged, Vidal’s comic drama Gore Vidal’s the Best Man (which is neither particularly comic nor especially dramatic) about presidential politics might have been considered sophisticated, but today one’s interest is disbelievingly anthropological: This is what we were like in 1960? Only some hilarious shtick by Jonathan Hadary redeems this self-basting turkey; Chris Noth, Spalding Gray, and Charles Durning just go through motionless motions. D

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