Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Quiz show scandal recalled

Posted By on 07.30.08 at 07:06 PM

The New Yorker magazine recently carried a memoir by Charles Van Doren recalling his involvement in the rigged 1950s TV game show, Twenty-One. Robert Redford’s 1994 film Quiz Show chronicles the scandal, but theater fans might recall that the tale was also dramatized in a play produced in 1993 at the now-defunct National Jewish Theater in Skokie. Called The Wizards of Quiz, Steve Feffer's drama starred  Christopher Howe (a former Chicago Reader site manager) as Van Doren. Herb Stempel, Van Doren's on-air rival, was played by Eddie Jemison, perhaps best known for playing computer wiz Livingston Dell in the Ocean's Eleven remake and its sequels. Here's the Reader's review

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