CHECKERS Review Quotes

“IN THIS YEAR OF ELECTORAL AMBIVALENCE, AN UNLIKELY CANDIDATE TO ROOT FOR
HAS ARISEN IN NEW YORK. THE RELEVANCE OF ‘CHECKERS’ IS UNDENIABLE.

Mr. LaPaglia, a seasoned and excellent stage actor, conveys Nixon’s force of will with gut-grabbing physicality. Ms. Erbe emanates the radiant pathos of a woman about to be swallowed by the black maw of politics, a patron saint for all the political spouses sacrificed on the altar of public life.

– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“A FASCINATING DRAMA…SKILLFULLY IMAGINED AND SPIRITED.

McGrath’s compelling play is a series of rapid-fire scenes, with puppet-string-pulling GOP operatives situated high atop the set, tightly directed by Terry Kinney.”

– Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“A DAMNED GOOD PLAY!
A TOUR DE FORCE PERFORMANCE BY ANTHONY LaPAGLIA!”

-Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“AN ENGAGING NEW PLAY! ‘CHECKERS’ SKILLFULLY MAKES HISTORY COME ALIVE.

 Anthony LaPaglia is excellent.  And huzzahs for Lewis J. Stadlen.”

-Roma Torre, NY1

“FASCINATING AND WELL-TIMED! A REMARKABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT!”

– Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer

“’CHECKERS’ IS INTERESTING AND ENTERTAINING!

Kathryn Erbe’s performance is no less than stellar!”

-The New Yorker

A THOROUGHLY INVOLVING AND COMMENDABLE DRAMA!”

  – David Finkle, Huffington Post

“ANTHONY LAPAGLIA AND KATHRYN ERBE ARE AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME.”

– Andy Propst, TheaterMania

“’CHECKERS’ IS FASCINATING!

LaPaglia’s riveting. Erbe is consistently touching. Checkers is an event rather than a mere commentary on the Republican party’s poisoned past.”

– Michael Feingold, Village Voice

“Kathryn Erbe is just plain wonderful as Pat.

Anthony LaPaglia is persuasive, smartly injecting Nixon with a youthful vigor and innocence.”

– Erik Haagensen, Backstage

“THE POWER OF TV DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK TO THE POLITICIAN’S ADVANTAGE,

BUT IT SURE WORKS FOR LAPAGLIA’S NIXON AND HIS COLLEAGUES AT THE VINEYARD.

Kathryn Erbe is superb. Lewis Stadlen is right on the mark. Robert Stanton is deliciously creepy. Inventive direction and stagecraft…The ensemble actors are excellent.”

– Elyse Sommer, CurtainUp

“QUITE MOVING.

A tender portrait of devotion, compromise and broken trust within a loving marriage.”

– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“A HIGHLY ABSORBING, SURPRISINGLY TOUCHING NEW PLAY!

McGrath’s insightful story is compelling and extremely vivid….A wonderfully acted production.  Anthony LaPaglia strikingly evokes Nixon and Kathryn Erbe is superb.”

Michael Sommers, New Jersey Newsroom

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