Running since March 2019 Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow star in a new play that explores the politics of marriage and gender roles as former First Lady Hillary attempts to salvage her bid for President of the United States during the 2008 primaries.
From the producers: Behind closed doors in the state of New Hampshire during the early days of 2008, a former First Lady named Hillary is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. Her husband, Bill, sees things one way; her campaign manager, Mark, sees things another. If any of this sounds familiar, don’t be fooled; in a universe of infinite possibilities, anything can happen. "Hillary and Clinton" examines the politics of marriage, gender roles, and the limitations of experience in this profound and timely look at an American dynasty in crisis.
Author Lucas Hnath won the 2016 Obie Award for excellence in playwriting for his plays "Red Speedo" and "The Christians." He is also the recipient of the Whiting Award, which is presented annually to emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. "Hillary and Clinton" premiered at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater in 2016 before heading to Philadelphia, Richmond, and Dallas. In each of those productions, the role of Hillary was played by a black woman.
Laurie Metcalf earned a Tony Award earlier this year for "Three Tall Women," her second consecutive win after starring as Nora in "A Doll's House, Part 2." She also earned her first Oscar nod for "Lady Bird" and can be seen on the "Roseanne" spin-off "The Conners." John Lithgow, a Tony winner for "The Changing Room" and "Sweet Smell of Success," last appeared on Broadway in his solo show "Stories By Heart." He won his fifth Emmy Award in 2017 for his performance as another political leader - Winston Churchill - in "The Crown." Tony winner Joe Mantello ("The Humans," "Three Tall Women") directs.
"Hillary and Clinton" peers behind the closed doors of both a marriage and a nation's political machinery. The play isn't without flaws - story-wise, it can feel a bit on the thin side...and perhaps works best as an intellectual exercise - and that's not faint praise. The cast, needless to say, couldn't be better. There are no impersonations here, with Metcalf and Lithgow hitting something deeper and more satisfying, gaining universality while nailing the specific.
"Hillary and Clinton" is about exactly what you think it's about: Hillary and Bill. But it's also about Hillary and that last name, and what it means to be attached to a reputation that is not yours alone, to always have an other half that keeps you from being seen as a whole. Lithgow and Metcalf know every comedic beat to hit. But it is Metcalf, who seems to have become the exceptional director Mantello's muse of late who elevates this production with devastating take-downs of her her husband.