Butler by Richard Strand
Presented by New Jersey Repertory Company at 59E59 Theatres in its New York City Premiere!
"The beauty of the script, by Richard Strand, is how it approaches these thorny topics. In short, it’s a hoot. Rather than dry exposition or long-winded discussions, these men use wordplay that is by turns sarcastic, droll and witty...
At the end, it’s still not clear how to classify this two-hour show. But such questions are beside the point. Only one category really matters to theatergoers: good play. Into that slot, “Butler” fits effortlessly." Ken Jaworowski, New York Times
"While Butler might seem like a summertime romp in an iconic historical setting, its story is central to one of the great developments in our nation's history: The reasoning Butler concocts to protect Mallory (that he is "contraband" that could be used to aid the Confederate war machine) is the same rationale behind President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, a document that only applied to states in active rebellion. It's a piecemeal approach based on slippery legal reasoning, but some progress is better than none, right? In his own humorous and very watchable way, Strand hits at a larger truth: specifically, that the arc of the moral universe is often bent toward justice by the sophistry of prickly, stubborn individuals." Zachary Stewart, THEATERMANIA
"This is the time for people to flock to see Butler. More than an entertaining show, it is a significant piece of theater and a timeless exploration of social conscience and individual responsibility. In the current climate of political discord, it is a refreshing look at how men of very different backgrounds find a sense of commonality." Marina P. Kennedy, BroadwayWorld.com
59E59 Theaters59 E. 59th St.
ThursdayJuly 287:00 PM
FridayJuly 298:00 PM
SaturdayJuly 302:00 PM
SaturdayJuly 308:00 PM
SundayJuly 313:00 PM
Closing Date August 28, 2016
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