Review: Embattled Nixons star in play ‘Checkers’

November 9, 2012 • Entertainment

This undated theater image released by Sam Rudy Media Relations shows Kathryn Erbe, left, and Anthony LaPaglia, in a scene from Douglas McGrath’s drama, “Checkers”, performing off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Sam Rudy Media Relations, Carol Rosegg)

NEW YORK (AP) — Big surprise: politics is a dirty game, and many political operatives are rough-and-tumble behind the scenes. Pat Nixon, wife to former President Richard Nixon, apparently learned this the hard way.

Playwright Douglas McGrath has skillfully imagined Pat’s early, ladylike feistiness as Nixon’s loyal political partner in his spirited new play, “Checkers.”

Anthony LaPaglia and Kathryn Erbe are quite effective as the Nixons, in the world premiere of McGrath’s fascinating drama that opened Thursday night at the Vineyard Theatre.

The couple is primarily shown during the 1952 presidential campaign, Login to read more

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