Prisoners of the Past

The Brig and Frost/Nixon use yesterday's nightmares to mirror today's reality

Language as weapon: The Brig
photo: John Ranard
Language as weapon: The Brig

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The Brig
By Kenneth H. Brown
The Living Theatre
21 Clinton Street
212-352-3101

Frost/Nixon
By Peter Morgan
Jacobs Theatre
242 West 45th Street
212-239-6200

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Without the stature Langella brings, Frost/Nixon wouldn't be much, despite Michael Grandage's skillful staging and fine work in smaller roles by the likes of Stephen Kunken, Corey Johnson, Armand Schultz, and Stephen Rowe. Morgan's play focuses mainly on the travails of assembling and marketing Frost's interviews with the unchastened Tricky-—not nearly so important a historical nexus as Morgan strives to make it seem. Michael Sheen does a marvelous impersonation of Frost, all shine and smiles over the aching inner hollowness, but historical reality has him outpointed before he begins.

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