Churchill

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Starring Ronald Keaton

directed by Kurt Johns

performance at New World Stages, NYC

on May 25, 2015

 

This short performance consisted of a single actor portraying Winston Churchill shortly after WWII.  Having been rejected by the voters of England despite his critical role in defeating Germany, Churchill launched a successful speaking and writing career.

He accepted an invitation by a small college in Missouri to deliver a commencement speech, being introduced by Harry Truman.  Churchill uses the occasion to reflect on his life, on war and politics.  While the lines were well-delivered by the actor, this really was just a step above listening to an audio recording of a very brief Churchill autobiography.   About as much content as can be expected in 90 minutes, and far less information then could be found in one of many books by or about Churchill.  A pleasant evening though not memorable or noteworthy.