Sunday, July 08, 2001

Playhouse's 'Nixon' heads to London




By By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        London's prestigious West End is the next stop for Playhouse in the Park's production of Nixon's Nixon, a show that first opened in the Shelterhouse in September 1997 and has found continued stage life ever since.

        Nixon, a dramatic fantasy about Richard Nixon's final night in the White House that becomes an evening of remembrance and role-playing with Henry Kissinger, will open July 23 at the Comedy Theatre.

        The open-ended commercial run features original Playhouse cast members Tim Donoghue and Keith Jochim. Nixon is again directed by Charles Towers, former Playhouse associate artistic director, now artistic director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass.

        The production has been a critical and box-office hit in several cities, including appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, DuMaurier World Stage Festival in Toronto and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

        “Who'd have thought when we opened the newly renovated Shelterhouse in fall 1997 that the show would have this journey,” an elated Mr. Towers marveled by phone from Merrimack Rep. “That's the thing about theater.”

        While the Playhouse has no financial investment in the London revival, producing artistic director Ed Stern says, “We are very proud that this production continues to represent the Playhouse so well across the country and around the world.”

        Nixon's Nixon begins previews in London on July 18.

        “There are no guarantees,” Mr. Towers says, that a show about American politics will appeal to a British audience. “All we can do is the best we can do.”

       



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