As I left out of the theatre, one audience member remarked, “He almost had the accent down. The Kennedy’s pronounced their A’s differently at times. He didn’t switch it up enough.” I thought it funny how much minute detail the audience member knew. Nonetheless, regardless of this dialect slip-up, he and his friend, both apparently of the Baby Boomer generation, left the theatre smiling. In fact, most of the faces in the crowd were smiling, laughing, and apparently enjoying the show. These faces were also of the same age group as the aforementioned dialect critics. I hope you’re starting to get my point. The memory of the Kennedy’s is quite a vivid and fond one for the older demographic, while it doesn’t necessarily provoke the same interest from those of us of Gen Y.
This passion, however, emotes out of Jack Holmes in the play RFK in which he play’s the titular character of Robert F. Kennedy, the younger brother of President John Kennedy. Holmes, who also wrote the one-man show, helms the intermission-less show with palpable admiration for its subject, so much, in fact, that it often makes up for the show’s less than critical view of Kennedy, which creates a lack of dynamism. In the end, though, Holmes paints a loving portrait of Kennedy from the time of his brother’s death in 1964 to his eventual assassination after winning the California Democratic primary in 1968.
The Bottom Line: If you want to take a stroll down memory lane and tap into the optimism a certain period possessed, RFK is certainly satisfactory.
The Culture Project
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Closing Date: February 26, 2006
Dane Harrington Joseph is currently a senior at Seton Hall University and the Marketing Assistant at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, NJ).
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