ANCIENT HISTORY OR RELEVANT STORY?
The Frost/Nixon interviews took place in 1973. A different world, a different century. If you were born that year, you’d be 37. With the median age in America 35.3, less than half of us were alive when the interviews took place. Nixon is dead and Frost is 71. So what’s the big deal?
The big deal is the interviews are as relevant today as they were then. It’s the story of human nature at its rawest. Two brilliant, conflicted men, each with their own agenda. Frost at 34, his career in trouble, Nixon at 70 forced to resign from the Presidency and ridiculed by a nation. Both are out to save face–Nixon to prove he is a statesman and not a crook and Frost to show he can bring the big man down as the real life Shakespearean drama plays out on the nation’s stage.
Tears glimmer in the ex-President’s eyes. as he painfully spills his guts about the Watergate
fiasco, to TV interviewer David Frost. Nixon relates the time he realized he had to fire his chief domestic advisor, John Ehrlichman, “I said, You know John, when I went to bed last night,” I said, I hoped, I said, I hoped, I almost prayed I wouldn’t wake up this morning.”
With 42 Jeff Awards under its belt, TimeLine Theatre has proved itself to be the master of presenting stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. If the past is any predictor of the future, you can expect this production of Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon to be a winner.
Expect the show to be infuriating and hilarious, or unbearably poignant, depending on your politics. Either way, it’s stirring, depleting drama. For more upcoming fall openings go to: Fall Shows.
Preview performances of Frost/Nixon are Tuesday, August 17 through Friday, August 20 at 8:00p.m. The play OPENS on Saturday, August 21 at :00p.m. and Sunday, August 22 at 2:00p.m. and then runs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30p.m., Fridays at 8:00p.m., Saturdays at 4:00p.m. and 8:00p.m. and Sundays at 2:00p.m. through October 10, 2010.
Post-Show Discussions are free and led by a TimeLine Company Member and feature the production staff and members of the cast on Wednesdays, August 25, September 8 and 22; Thursdays, September 2 and 16; Sundays, August 29, September 5 and 19.
Tickets are $28 (Wednesday–Friday) or $38 (Saturday and Sunday. Preview tickets are $18. Special student discounts and group rates are available. 773 281 8463 ext. 24.
Location. TimeLine Theatre is located at 615 W. Wellington Ave., inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, near the corner of Wellington and Broadway. CTA El stops at Wellington (Brown/Purple lines) and Belmont (Red/Brown/Purple lines). CTA busses #36-Broadway, #76 Diversey, #77 Belmont, #22 Clark and #8 Halsted stop nearby. TimeLine offers parking for $8 with validation at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center (2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) of the Century Mall (2836 N. Clark), both within two blocks of TimeLine. There is limited street parking and other paid parking lots nearby. There are two flight of stairs totaling 18 steps between the street and theater space, with no elevator.
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