"The Columnist"

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn discusses “The Columnist,” along with its stars John Lithgow and Grace Gummer. It follows Joseph Alsop, a beloved and feared columnist who sits at the center of the Washington political world. As 1960s dawn and shake up America, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well. “The Columnist” is playing at the MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater through July 1.


David Auburn, Grace Gummer and John Lithgow
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Comments [4]

Debbie from nyc

I hate to get off topic, but I wanted to mention that John Lithgow was so wonderful on "Dexter" and I'm sure he had a blast.

May. 24 2012 12:37 PM
Amy from Manhattan

It was mentioned that Joseph Alsop may have influenced a decision by Pres. Johnson, & someone said columnists don't have that kind of influence anymore. Maybe columnists don't, but do the guests think right-wing radio hosts have a similar degree of influence today?

May. 24 2012 12:25 PM

In a recent interview with an actor, I believe Mr. Lopate made the distinction between actors who take a role into themselves, adapt themselves to the role, and those who put themselves in the role, adapt the role. I'm making a mess of the way Mr. Lopate put it, but it seems to me that John Lithgow is one of the very few who does both simultaneously.

May. 24 2012 12:13 PM
Brenda from New York City

I've seen several plays about real people. They are typically overblown monologues, that may or may not work dramatically. The Columnist is such a solid play that the biographical aspect is almost immaterial. The performances are truly wonderful as well.

May. 24 2012 08:23 AM

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