By Robert Schenkkan • Directed by Kevin Moriarty • A co-production with Alley Theatre
All The Way was the very first show that I've seen at Dallas Theater Center since moving down here last November from Pennsylvania. If someone were to ask me for an example of high caliber professional theater, this is a show that I would recommend. I could see within the first five minutes of the performance exactly why the show had been given an extended run. The script was sharply written, ruthlessly destroying the careful pagaentry of politics and showing the complex gauntlet of the political world. It was incredibly refreshing given our country's current political climate. Kevin Moriarty shows prodigious directing skill by keeping the production moving at a fast pace while sometimes having multiple scenes occuring onstage that overlap and intertwine with each other. The quality of the production was superb, with a beautifully intricate set, a lighting design that helped focus (no pun intended) the audience's attention in key moments of the show, and gorgeous projections skillfully applied to the white marble pillars that lined the upstage area. There was not a weak link to be found anywhere in the cast, even among the numerous smaller roles some of the actors had to play. One particular standout is Chamblee Ferguson, who I honestly had no idea played both Humphrey and Strom Thurmond in the show until I looked at the program at intermission. Leah Spillman and Steven Michael Walters provided depth to the production by providing the audience with characters involved with the world of the play who were not politicians, and showed the more human side of LBJ. Shawn Hamilton's performance of Martin Luther King was stellar, showing the late reverend's own political instincts and Human imperfections. When I said earlier that I saw why the show had gotten its extended run, it was largely due to seeing Brandon Potter's performance of LBJ. As soon as he opened his mouth and launched into his opening monologue, I knew that we were not going to be seeing a caricature of the former president, instead Potter gave the audience a living, breathing, three dimensional human being that we got to see rise, struggle, fall, and succeed over the course of the evening. I am an actor myself who is still within my first year of being in the professional world out of college. Tonight while watching the show I wasn't critically analyzing the acting, directing, or production itself (that came later), instead I fully absorbed and enjoyed the story that was happening on stage. DTC's production of All The Way is the level of theater and storytelling that I aspire to reach in my own work. Thank you to the cast, crew, and production team for sharing such a quality piece of theater.
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"All the Way should be required viewing in this election year."-TheaterJones.com
" This show has enough energy, elegance and talent to win an election—and a rapt audience."-TheaterJones.com