Farragut North

Critics

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Reviews: 8

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Penned by the creator of the Netflix original series HOUSE OF CARDS, FARRAGUT NORTH comes to the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles this April!

A taut and plot-twisting story of political, emotional, and sexual intrigue, penned by the creator of Netflix's House of Cards. During a hotly contested presidential primary campaign a wunderkind press secretary, blinded by hubris, makes a wrong turn. After choosing to walk through “that door” his life, and the lives of others, spin out of control. Set against an all too familiar contemporary landscape, the story reveals the human struggle between ideologies and unbridled ambition.

Reviews

Steven Stanley

Though not as cutting-edge as it was when it debuted, Farragut North retains its power to compel even in these changed political times. Forget its misguided film version, retitled The Ides Of March. Farragut North on stage at the Odyssey is the real deal.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Lorenzo Marchessi

Odyssey Theatre's “Farragut North” Is TV Drama On Stage!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY-  Lorenzo Marchessi

Here is a play written by ‘House of Cards (HOC)' writer Beau Willimon who is attempting to bring the HOC'd-like drama to the stage. Although the subject matter is timely, poignant and something to be aware of in these amazingly troubled political times, it still seems like a TV show as opposed to a full out dramatic theatrical production. I like the message it sends and I loved the performances, but I still felt like at times, because there were so many blackouts (which are really scene changes), that they were really supposed to be (or have) commercial inserts.

Director Cathy Fizpatrick Linder seems to do her best with the staging and movement, however I think her talent shines both in the casting and in the focus of the scenes. Although limited in moment and set, the important moments were well focused and made that much more poignant with her direction.

Basically, it's the story of two candidates and their PR personnel and staff. The corruption that occurs when trying to watch each side for making mistakes or something politically destructive to leak out to the press for the sole purpose of bringing down the other side.

Pic 001 – Top L. - Jennifer Cannon, Jack Tynan - Mid. Pic. - Adam Faison, Jennifer Cannon, Jack Tynan, Geoffrey Lower – Bot. R. - Jack Tynan, Margaret Fegan

sweet-sour - Lorenzo Marchessi - The Geek Authority - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

It's a fascinating piece of writing. The current production is competent if unexciting... This production needed more energy and perhaps would have had more impact had it been produced during the 2016 election cycle. Now it comes across as so much old news.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

It's a fascinating piece of writing. The current production is competent if unexciting... This production needed more energy and perhaps would have had more impact had it been produced during the 2016 election cycle. Now it comes across as so much old news.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

It's a fascinating piece of writing. The current production is competent if unexciting... This production needed more energy and perhaps would have had more impact had it been produced during the 2016 election cycle. Now it comes across as so much old news.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

One cannot look away from this valuable, instructive work of theatre art. I think it reaches back all the way to Athenian model. Kudos to the players and all involved.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Avatar

Farrugut North is compelling theater that is perhaps more relevant in today's world than when it was first created. This slick production does the story proud.

sweet - Peter Foldy - ...read full review


Dan Berkowitz

The characters talk a lot, but we never get a sense of what they're thinking or feeling underneath the words. It's “what you see is what you get” – in this case, an engrossing (if nasty) story with some interesting (if nasty) characters, but with no hint of where they came from, or what propels them to do what they do the way they do it. It's an attractive and polished surface, but I wish we had occasionally gone a little deeper.

sweet-sour - Dan Berkowitz - The Los Angeles Post - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Though not as cutting-edge as it was when it debuted, Farragut North retains its power to compel even in these changed political times. Forget its misguided film version, retitled The Ides Of March. Farragut North on stage at the Odyssey is the real deal.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Lorenzo Marchessi

Odyssey Theatre's “Farragut North” Is TV Drama On Stage!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY-  Lorenzo Marchessi

Here is a play written by ‘House of Cards (HOC)' writer Beau Willimon who is attempting to bring the HOC'd-like drama to the stage. Although the subject matter is timely, poignant and something to be aware of in these amazingly troubled political times, it still seems like a TV show as opposed to a full out dramatic theatrical production. I like the message it sends and I loved the performances, but I still felt like at times, because there were so many blackouts (which are really scene changes), that they were really supposed to be (or have) commercial inserts.

Director Cathy Fizpatrick Linder seems to do her best with the staging and movement, however I think her talent shines both in the casting and in the focus of the scenes. Although limited in moment and set, the important moments were well focused and made that much more poignant with her direction.

Basically, it's the story of two candidates and their PR personnel and staff. The corruption that occurs when trying to watch each side for making mistakes or something politically destructive to leak out to the press for the sole purpose of bringing down the other side.

Pic 001 – Top L. - Jennifer Cannon, Jack Tynan - Mid. Pic. - Adam Faison, Jennifer Cannon, Jack Tynan, Geoffrey Lower – Bot. R. - Jack Tynan, Margaret Fegan

sweet-sour - Lorenzo Marchessi - The Geek Authority - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

It's a fascinating piece of writing. The current production is competent if unexciting... This production needed more energy and perhaps would have had more impact had it been produced during the 2016 election cycle. Now it comes across as so much old news.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

It's a fascinating piece of writing. The current production is competent if unexciting... This production needed more energy and perhaps would have had more impact had it been produced during the 2016 election cycle. Now it comes across as so much old news.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

It's a fascinating piece of writing. The current production is competent if unexciting... This production needed more energy and perhaps would have had more impact had it been produced during the 2016 election cycle. Now it comes across as so much old news.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

One cannot look away from this valuable, instructive work of theatre art. I think it reaches back all the way to Athenian model. Kudos to the players and all involved.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Avatar

Farrugut North is compelling theater that is perhaps more relevant in today's world than when it was first created. This slick production does the story proud.

sweet - Peter Foldy - ...read full review


Dan Berkowitz

The characters talk a lot, but we never get a sense of what they're thinking or feeling underneath the words. It's “what you see is what you get” – in this case, an engrossing (if nasty) story with some interesting (if nasty) characters, but with no hint of where they came from, or what propels them to do what they do the way they do it. It's an attractive and polished surface, but I wish we had occasionally gone a little deeper.

sweet-sour - Dan Berkowitz - The Los Angeles Post - ...read full review