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Perez Reviews: The Best Man on Broadway

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We sat through Gore Vidal's The Best Man on Friday and it was a bit of an arduous affair. Not only did the show seem very long - complete with two intermissions - but there were some serious issues with the play itself and a few of the performances.

Our biggest gripe with the show was with the writing. There was no one we were rooting for. The show lacked a hero! One contender was a fool and the other was a too! Either one could have won or lost, and we would have been apathetic either way.

It was nice to see, though, how relevant politically the show still is 50 plus years later.

Another one of the major flaws of this theatergoing experience for us is that John Larroquette, who played one of the two contenders, lacked the gravitas to pull off that role. We thoroughly enjoyed him when we saw him in How To Succeed, but in The Best Man Laroquette floundered. He "acted" well enough, but he failed to develop a fully fleshed character. It was him up there on that stage.

Cybill Shepard was like a ghost. Or beige. Take your pic.

And Elizabeth Ashley should use a head mic, as she did not amplify enough with just her voice.

John Stamos and Kristin Davis, on the other hand, were surprisingly good. And the definitely created characters they were portraying.

But the real revelation of this production is James Earl Jones, whose portrayal of the President was so nuanced and vibrant. He literally lit up the stage whenever he appeared. Too bad they killed the most likeable character in the show!

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11 comments to “Perez Reviews: The Best Man on Broadway”

  1. shanghai says – reply to this


    What about Angela Landsbury - isnt that her in the pictures above. She is usually fantastic and no mention was made about her.

  2. sants says – reply to this


    omg…I can't wait for reviews of you in Newsical come out. they're going to demolish u.

  3. Shanb says – reply to this


    Rooted?? Seriously? I can't take anything you say seriously.

  4. nationalenquirer says – reply to this


    Perez putting thoughts into words is not his best attribute is it

  5. Khill says – reply to this


    I comepletly disagree, I saw this play wed night and I thought it was amazing. Very funny and fast paced. Not that you need to root for anyone, because it's not a sporting event, but if you have to choose someone clearly it was John Larroquette, which I thought was very funny and right on cue with everthing. The only thing I could agree with you was about john Stamos and James Earl Jones. they were fantastic as well i'm definitely suggesting this play to people.

  6. caseybl02 says – reply to this


    why are you so surprised about james earl jones's performance? he is a highly acclaimed stage actor who been doing live theater for most of his life. that's where he got his start, and his resume is filled with his broadway credits. all actors when appearing on broadway, hands down, support the theater. you went out of your way to write a very smarmy, poorly written review. you have amateur written all over you.

  7. Maria says – reply to this


    I saw this play a few weeks ago, and I thought it was great. Written over 50 years ago, it is still as timely as it was then. All performers did a great job. This is definitely a must-see show.

  8. 8

    "One contender was a fool and the other was a too!" your cute little play on words does not work when you don'y edit/spell correctly. being critical of your betters, and you still do not know how to edit.

  9. 9

    You cannot critique what you yourself cannot do, and we all know that you can't write. You also can't act. You're not competent to review anything, ass clown, and nobody takes you seriously. You have no taste, you have no talent in the industry, and you have not an ounce of sense. You are a joke, and I can't wait to read reviews on YOUR performance in that gay little way-off-Broadway piece of shit you're going to be in.

  10. 10

    fabulous critic perez cannot wait for ur show and the RAVINGGGGGGGGGG reviews ull get


  11. 11

    sigh! Is there anything you can't do, Mario? I almost went to see that show, too! Phew!