Farragut North


Although this play about American electoral politics is set in Iowa, it is named after the metro stop in Washington, D.C. where I used to alight every day for work. The stop is close to K Street and its murky world of lobbyists, and so you might rightly expect this play to be full of shady dealings. It is quite an achievement the amount of political intrigue and backstabbing that can be achieved with a small cast, especially when compared with Game of Thrones which needs thousands of actors to convey the same sense that everyone with a bit of power is a self-serving prick.

There are a number of problems with the play, not the least of which is that it expects you to be well versed in the nuances of American elections (I wondered how the numerous references to "Super Tuesday" were interpreted by the British audience). The plot concerns a young campaign manager who makes a mistake and gets in over his head, managing to ruin several careers in the process. It is a shame he didn't manage to ruin a few more given how unsympathetic the characters are, even if they are well performed.

Farragut North is at Southwark Playhouse until the 5th of October, 2013.

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