Looking for something to do between now and October 4th? Peter Morgan’s Frost Nixon, the Playhouse’s season opener is well-worth your while. I went on opening night. We had great seats in a full house, where all of the seats offer an excellent view of the stage.
Frost/Nixon takes place from August 1974 — April 1977, covering the time between President Richard Nixon’s resignation to just after the interviews he did with the flamboyant Limey TV personality, David Frost.
In the London version, (Donmar Warehouse, 2006), Frost was played by Michael Sheen and Nixon was played by Frank Langella. In the Canadian play, David Storch (Frost), and Len Cariou (Nixon) received a standing ovation for their brilliant and convincing performances of two men in a series of conversations that revealed the personalities of two of histories most intriguing and self-serving characters. The rest of the cast were equally engaging, in particular I loved Michael Healey as Bob Zelnick. and the intermission-free performance captivated the whole house. There were emotional moments that evoked laughter, sadness and sometimes just disbelieve at the arrogance of Nixon — “When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.” Or: “I’m glad I’m not Brezhnev. Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin. You never know if someone’s tape recording
what you say.”
So, go and see this play — it’s a great way to spend a cool September/October evening.