Farragut North Review - Power and Pride

Award-winning playwright Beau Willimon has a knack for exploring the inner workings of our government – a skill which he amply demonstrated in the Netflix series, “House of Cards.” But before “House of Cards” there was another intriguing tale about charismatic people caught up in back-room politics and the gamesmanship which plays a critical but often hidden role in our elections.

Jack Tynan, Adam Faison, and Geoffrey Lower - Photo by Ed Krieger

The original script for FARRAGUT NORTH won the 2005 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest (for new plays), where it was first produced. It is loosely based on Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 Democratic primary campaign for U.S. President. FARRAGUT NORTH found its way to Broadway in 2008 and was so well-received that it was snapped up and filmed in 2011 under the title, “The Ides of March” starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling.

Jack Tynan and Margaret Fegan - Photo by Ed Krieger

This gripping play has returned to Los Angeles in 2017. Director Cathy Linder describes this fast-paced “twists-and-turns” play as “…exactly the kind of `edge of your seat’ theatre that I find stimulating to work on.” When the audience hops onto this roller-coaster, they’re in for a thrilling ride.

Adam Faison, Jennifer Cannon, Jack Tynan, and Geoffrey Lower - Photo by Ed Krieger

Stephen Bellamy (Jack Tynan) is at the top of his game as the wunderkind of public relations political spin. He’s working on getting his boss, Governor Paul Zara (Geoffrey Lower), elected to the U.S. presidency. Life is good, and the charming Stephen can do no wrong as he navigates the political cross-currents of primary election time. He manages and manipulate everyone in his sphere, including crack political newspaper reporter Ida Horowicz (Jennifer Cannon), campaign go-fer Ben Fowles (Adam Faison), and oversexed teen intern Molly Pearson (Margaret Fegan).

Jennifer Cannon and Jack Tynan - Photo by Ed Krieger

But then the opposition’s seasoned campaign manager Tom Duffy (Andy Umberger) enters the fray with an unexpected and provocative offer which turns Stephen’s world upside-down.  Stephen’s hubris is tweaked, and he can barely hold his Machiavellian plans at bay. What happens next will keep the audience hanging onto their seats trying to guess where this is going. Playwright Willimon has turned his real-life experiences in Washington politics into a fascinating study of the people who are running our country – and the people standing behind them in the shadows. Especially at this point in U.S. history, this is a must-see play – and it’s superbly entertaining as well.

Andy Umberger and Jack Tynan - Photo by Ed Krieger

FARRAGUT NORTH runs through May 21, 2017, with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Performances have been added on Saturday, May 13 and 20, at 2 p.m.) The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. Tickets are $30. For information and reservations, call 323-960-7788 or go online

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