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click to enlarge Lia D. Mortensen and Natalie West

Lia D. Mortensen and Natalie West

Charles Osgood

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 23 2016
Price: $30-$76, students $15
Playwright Anthony Giardina both under- and oversells his 2014 domestic/political drama charting the disruption and demise of a liberal elite Georgetown family and the culture of cocktail diplomacy from Carter’s last days to Obama's first. In act one, as Democratic socialite Hester welcomes home her errant son Colin and his young Reaganite fiancee, Anna, Giardina paints a simplistic political divide (tradition-loving neocons disdain nuance, underclass-cheering liberals condescend) that in act two—amid Robert Bork's controversial Supreme Court nomination—splits Hester’s family irrevocably in two (though only because Giardina vastly overestimates Hester’s influence on national politics). Still, director Marti Lyons coaxes first-rate performances from every member of her cast; Lia D. Mortensen's seductive, desperate, venomous turn as Hester is an especially thrilling ordeal. —Justin Hayford



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