THE ORIGINALIST

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When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Antonin Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. The Originalist looks into the complexities of one of the most polarizing Supreme Court Justices of all times. This powerful work portrays the passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their interpretation of the truth, and the constitution.

Running time for this production is 95 minutes with no intermission.

“Strand writes lively, fluid dialogue...Scalia, portrayed with terrific verve and snappy humor by Edward Gero.” – The New York Times

“He (Gero) lands the laughs, delivers the gravitas and at every turn makes you believe this tantalizing man knows and feels American law down to his very bones.” – The Washington Post

Reviews

Travis Michael Holder

Although Edward Gero's performance as Antonin Scalia is a knockout and the play's counterpoint arguments and political rants are certainly thought-provoking, The Originalist is akin to seeing one of those finely detailed and brightly colored propaganda posters featuring a dashingly handsome and youthful Chairman Mao, flanked by vast amounts of red flags waving off into the horizon as he raises one arm triumphantly in the air in front of a sea of euphoric, adorning people. This production is sharply designed and intelligently written but ultimately, it's too manipulative to find much praise from me. Scalia was a virulent and dangerous rightwing Frankenstein who wrecked havoc on our country, undeserving of such an obvious whitewashing no matter how well-meaning it may be.

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Deborah Klugman

To appreciate the character, and the play, you need to be willing to suspend your knowledge of the sum damage of Scalia's opinions on civil rights and the democratic process......

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Don Grigware

Much may be said about monsters and how they dehumanize the world around them. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was known for his consistent dissents in upholding the Constitution. Ed Gero as Scalia gives a brave and unsettling performance as a man who refuses to compromise.

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Travis Michael Holder

Although Edward Gero's performance as Antonin Scalia is a knockout and the play's counterpoint arguments and political rants are certainly thought-provoking, The Originalist is akin to seeing one of those finely detailed and brightly colored propaganda posters featuring a dashingly handsome and youthful Chairman Mao, flanked by vast amounts of red flags waving off into the horizon as he raises one arm triumphantly in the air in front of a sea of euphoric, adorning people. This production is sharply designed and intelligently written but ultimately, it's too manipulative to find much praise from me. Scalia was a virulent and dangerous rightwing Frankenstein who wrecked havoc on our country, undeserving of such an obvious whitewashing no matter how well-meaning it may be.

sweet-sour - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman

To appreciate the character, and the play, you need to be willing to suspend your knowledge of the sum damage of Scalia's opinions on civil rights and the democratic process......

sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Much may be said about monsters and how they dehumanize the world around them. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was known for his consistent dissents in upholding the Constitution. Ed Gero as Scalia gives a brave and unsettling performance as a man who refuses to compromise.

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review