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This new drama by David Auburn (Proof) is about real-life Washington columnist Joseph Alsop (played by John Lithgow), a man with a very public career who had to keep parts of his personal life well hidden. The play is being produced by Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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Broadway Theatre
The Columnist is currently playing at the following Broadway Theatre:

Biltmore Theatre
Samuel J Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Show Synopsis:
Powerful Washington columnist Joseph Alsop finds himself embroiled in a high-stakes drama that is both political and deeply personal.


John Lithgow
Boyd Gaines
Margaret Colin

Production Credits:
Daniel Sullivan (Direction)
John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design)
Jess Goldstein (Costume Design)
Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design)
John Gromada (Original Music / Sound Design)
Rocco DiSanti (Projection Design)
Charles LaPointe (Hair / Wig Design)

Other Credits:
David Auburn (Playwright)

Summary Influential Washington columnist Joseph Alsop finds that his career in the public eye conflicts with the secrets of his personal life in this drama based on a real-life figure.

Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Our Recommendation
John Lithgow is excellent as usual, here taking on the meaty role of powerful and closeted columnist Joe Alsop. The play itself, written by David Auburn (Proof), is a bit dull, though. The series of vignettes show us Alsop at the height of his powers, basking in the glow of the Kennedys' Camelot, and then his gradual decline during the Johnson administration; all the while letting us peer into his complicated personal life. But none of this is terribly gripping, and, at the end of the day, this plodding biographical tale seems more suited to the page than the stage.

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