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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 10 2010

Peter Morgan's play about Richard Nixon's incendiary 1977 interviews with British talk-show host David Frost deploys its share of bogus shenanigans. Nixon, for instance, never really phoned Frost while drunk. But Louis Contey's taut staging turns what could be sensationalized pseudo-history into engaging, exhilarating drama, reminding us that the downfall of statesmen wasn't always the province of reality television--it once had tragic dimensions. Terry Hamilton's Nixon is choleric, yet oddly touching in his occasional verbal clumsiness; Andrew Carter's Frost goes from bespoke peacock to Grand Inquistor-in-spite-of-himself with convincing subtlety. The supporting cast are also on their toes, and Mike Tutaj's seamless video design allows the show both to critique and exploit the mediacentrism of politics without overpowering the nearly pitch-perfect onstage dynamics. --Kerry Reid

Price: $18-$28

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