REVIEW: FROST/NIXON at Vintage Theatre

by Sue Leiser

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

August 9, 1974 , Nixon resigns his presidency in an attempt to avoid impeachment because of his role in the Watergate scandal; breaking into the offices of the Democratic National Party to elicit information that would hopefully improve his chances for Re-election.

In the meanwhile, journalist and British TV personality David Frost whose program had been cancelled and in hopes to keep himself alive. David Frost whose program had been cancelled had been encouraged to approach Nixon’s office for an interview to supposedly let Nixon clear the air. These interviews were historic! 

Nixon agreed to be interviewed by Frost intending to outwit the sleek British showman and secure a huge sum of money. Nixon never admitted to any wrongdoing and never apologized for his involvement in Watergate which was of great interest to Frost. Before the final interview, a drunken Nixon calls Frost and challenges him that this interview will make or break him which is brought to light by Frost leading to Nixon’s downfall on National Television.

HERE IS MY PERSPECTIVE:

Those of us old enough to remember the Watergate Scandal, the resignation of then President Richard Nixon and the subsequent interviews of Nixon by TV talk show host David Frost will find the Vintage Theater’s production of Frost/Nixon an insider’s view of history and maybe a tiny peek into the beginning of our own Trumpgate!

Craig Bond has assembled a wonderful and strong cast, each one with his own personality, but Denis Berkfeldt as Richard Nixon with his finger stabbing, jowel shaking, voice and hunched over persona stole the show for me.

There is so much that can be written about this production; the history from then to right now that is so relevant to what is unfolding in our own present history but FROST/NIXON should be seen by all and remembered as a preamble to the story unfolding before us today!  Who will write the next chapter of Presidential History? 

Vintage Theatre presents the Regional Premiere of FROST/NIXON, enticing audiences now through February 9th at Vintage Theatre. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830. Vintage Theatre is located at 1468 Dayton Street in Aurora, CO. 

 

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