The Best Man crackles with the smart lines and situations inherent to the work of Gore Vidal. The political intrigues rampant in Vidal’s 1960 setting are strangely similar to the political intrigues of the present day. This darkly satirical drama finds two presidential contenders seeking the endorsement of an aging ex-president and explores how personal agendas can change the course of a nation’s destiny.
A close-knit family is shaken to its core when a minor misunderstanding spirals out of control. An ambiguously worded dinner invitation triggers hurt feelings and a scorched earth policy of truth telling. Loyalties shift and relationships are ruthlessly examined, causing family members to confront forbidden sexual attraction, long-ago affairs, debilitating illness, and, finally, a reconfigured family. The play probes the subterranean forces that nearly tear the family apart, and the mysterious bonds that ultimately hold it together.
Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma — an idealistic but confused college dropout — arrives to volunteer, her reckless mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With keen humor and startling compassion, Heidi Schreck’s play navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of something resembling joy.
A beautiful, naïve maid is found naked and unconscious, the gun that killed her lover lying on the other side of the room by her side. A newly-promoted magistrate is the only one who believes she is innocent. Under enormous political and marital pressure to quickly end the process, the magistrate navigates a maze of opinions and half-truths to uncover what really happened.