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  Lincolnesque at Keegan Theatre


Keegan Theatre
1742 Church Street, NW Washington

Lincolnesque is the story of two brothers. Leo, a Capitol Hill speechwriter struggling to stay employed, and Francis, a psychiatric outpatient convinced that he is the reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln. Leo's employer, a mediocre congressman, looks headed for defeat in his re-election bid. But when Francis secretly takes over the speechwriting, the congressman starts sounding heroic, even inspiring. A seriously comic look at language and strategy, Lincolnesque quickly became an audience favorite when it first premiered in 2009. Now you can see this razor-sharp political comedy when it returns to the Keegan Theatre stage in Washington, D.C.

Thru - Oct 14, 2018

Box Office: 703-892-0202

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  Lincolnesque Reviews
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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...The show unfolds amid monumental columns wrapped in newspaper - a scandal eventually careens into the story - though director Colin Smith's workmanlike production doesn't zip along as it might. It's two hours with an intermission, and it feels like it wants to be an "Originalist"-style 80 or 90 crisp minutes."
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Nelson Pressley

MetroWeekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...For Keegan’s new staging of Lincolnesque, which the company gave its D.C. area premiere in 2009, the premise is fully charged with current midterm election meaning. But while the pieces are set, it’s the production that flails. Caught between darkly satirizing the self-serving shenanigans of the hamsters on the wheel on Capitol Hill, and portraying the emotionally fraught relationship of the speechwriter Leo (Michael Innocenti) and his mentally unstable brother Francis (Brandon McCoy), director Colin Smith lands the production somewhere in the muddy middle."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Somewhat Recommended

"...The show also takes a distinct tonal shift between acts, though it feels less deliberate and more like a disconnect between the two segments. Act II has a more serious tone even before its descent from the climax. And while I was relieved to no longer feel the discomfort the earlier humor had wrought, it brought on its own type of discomfort - not a sense of foreboding that maybe would help prepare the audience for the final twist, but just a nagging sense that things are bleak. As "Lincolnesque" draws to a close, it feels like the show is aiming to make a broader point, but that point is almost lost in the effort."
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Rachael Goldberg

DC Metro Theater Arts - Somewhat Recommended

"...Lincolnesque has a fast-paced breeziness that is entertainingly fresh. But the quick wit and full-tilt funniness belie the philosophical wisdom and paradoxical soberness that dig into the current morass of politics today as we slip and slide away from the moral high ground of Lincoln's time. It makes you fear with trepidation where we might be headed if we continue to lose our moral footing."
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Ramona Harper

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Lincolnesque is a look back at a man and a time and a look at the here and now, when the high-minded words and ethics-integrity, honor- of the 16th President are seen as an innovative take on politicking. The script is funny, full of long runs of dialogue barbed with truths that catch your breath and make you chuckle. It's also accurate to the bone about D.C.-represented as a series of columns and pillars covered in old newsprint-and updated with a few allusions to the current President. Lincolnesque was written over a decade ago by local playwright John Strand, proving that the insidiousness of politics isn't a new illness. Heightened, maybe. Not new. And, always dangerous."
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Kelly McCorkendale

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