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In an alternate universe light-years away from our own is a planet called Earth. It looks a lot like our Earth, except it’s slightly different. And living on this other Earth is a woman named Hillary. Hillary is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America. It’s 2008 and she’s campaigning in a state called Iowa. She’s not doing very well In an alternate universe light-years away from our own is a planet called Earth. It looks a lot like our Earth, except it’s slightly different. And living on this other Earth is a woman named Hillary. Hillary is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America. It’s 2008 and she’s campaigning in a state called Iowa. She’s not doing very well in the polls. She needs more money to keep the campaign going, so she calls her husband for help. He offers her a deal, a tough deal, but when she gets his help, she gets more than she bargained for. You may think you know where this story is going, but you don’t. After all, the play takes place in an alternate universe where anything can happen.


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In an alternate universe light-years away from our own is a planet called Earth. It looks a lot like our Earth, except it’s slightly different. And living on this other Earth is a woman named Hillary. Hillary is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America. It’s 2008 and she’s campaigning in a state called Iowa. She’s not doing very well In an alternate universe light-years away from our own is a planet called Earth. It looks a lot like our Earth, except it’s slightly different. And living on this other Earth is a woman named Hillary. Hillary is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America. It’s 2008 and she’s campaigning in a state called Iowa. She’s not doing very well in the polls. She needs more money to keep the campaign going, so she calls her husband for help. He offers her a deal, a tough deal, but when she gets his help, she gets more than she bargained for. You may think you know where this story is going, but you don’t. After all, the play takes place in an alternate universe where anything can happen.

52 review for Hillary and Clinton

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    So then imagine, okay, that light years away from here on one of those other planet earths that's like this one, but slightly different, that there's a woman named Hillary. Hillary and Clinton ~~ Lucas Hnath Lucas Hnath has grown to become on of my favorite playwrights. He is one of our greatest living playwrights. Picture it, New Hampshire 2008. A former First Lady named Hillary is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. Her husband, Bill, sees things o So then imagine, okay, that light years away from here on one of those other planet earths that's like this one, but slightly different, that there's a woman named Hillary. Hillary and Clinton ~~ Lucas Hnath Lucas Hnath has grown to become on of my favorite playwrights. He is one of our greatest living playwrights. Picture it, New Hampshire 2008. A former First Lady named Hillary is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. Her husband, Bill, sees things one way; her campaign manager, Mark, sees things another. If any of this sounds familiar, don’t be fooled; in a universe of infinite possibilities, anything can happen. Hillary and Clinton examines the politics of marriage, gender roles, and the limitations of experience in this profound and timely look at an American dynasty in decline. If you've ever wondered what Hilary & Clinton talk about behind closed doors, you'll find out here. It also becomes obvious ~~ as if you didn't already know ~~ Hillary is, and always was, the brains behind this political duo, and Bill the personality. In Hnath's universe, he sums up Hilary's problem. Bill knows that Hilary, or at least her public persona, isn’t much liked by people, she’s stiff and weird on TV, she has no relatable story. But Hilary does indeed have a story. Clinton is her story ~~ the millstone around her neck. She will always be thought of as the feminist who stood by her man only to be humiliated throughout the world. Hilary has always been up against Clinton. It's not a pretty marriage. And yet, thru all this, Hnath presents the most humane portrait of Hilary I have ever read. He makes the woman real. And we find out just how real and ruthless she can be. When faced with her biggest threat since Clinton, Hilary displays a shrewdness that every man brokering deals in the smoke laden backroom can admire. Sadly, we know how this story ends and the humiliations that await Hilary in this misogynist world. But the journey, as laid out by Hnath, is a fascinating journey.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    It will be interesting to see how the imminent Broadway production of this (starring Laurie Metcalf, who won the Tony for Hnath's play, 'A Doll's House, Pt. 2' and John Lithgow) fares. I suspect people will be put off that this ISN'T the valentine to the Clintons, that one might expect. Indeed it was written, and takes place, during the 2008 election, and much of it now seems quant and somewhat superfluous in light of the train wreck that DC has become in the past 3 years. It is a bit talky and It will be interesting to see how the imminent Broadway production of this (starring Laurie Metcalf, who won the Tony for Hnath's play, 'A Doll's House, Pt. 2' and John Lithgow) fares. I suspect people will be put off that this ISN'T the valentine to the Clintons, that one might expect. Indeed it was written, and takes place, during the 2008 election, and much of it now seems quant and somewhat superfluous in light of the train wreck that DC has become in the past 3 years. It is a bit talky and polemical, as any political drama tends to be, but there is a lot to like and think about here, regardless.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Hnath's Hillary and Clinton is not the play you think it is going to be. Or maybe it is. Just like the Hillary Clinton of this universe may not be who you think she is. Or maybe she is. Hnath's work is thought-provoking and keeps the reader (or audience) revisiting their presumptions throughout. This play, like Hnath's The Christians surprised me in how it brought me to empathize with a character who I did not think that I understood. If you are looking for challenging plays that ask readers to Hnath's Hillary and Clinton is not the play you think it is going to be. Or maybe it is. Just like the Hillary Clinton of this universe may not be who you think she is. Or maybe she is. Hnath's work is thought-provoking and keeps the reader (or audience) revisiting their presumptions throughout. This play, like Hnath's The Christians surprised me in how it brought me to empathize with a character who I did not think that I understood. If you are looking for challenging plays that ask readers to interrogate their presumptions, find your way to Lucas Hnath.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I love the style here and a lot of the monologues are just really gorgeous but I’m not sure this is actually the Hillary-related story I’m interested in. A wonderful read in any case.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gordon

    Lucas Hnath's Hillary and Clinton is a hot ticket item, currently enjoying a limited Broadway run. If it were merely a comedy couched in the historic events surrounding the New Hampshire primary during the 2008 presidential election (which resulted in the election of Barack Obama as President), my response to the play might have been different, but Hnath has set his play in an alternate reality, on a planet called Earth, billions of light years away from our home planet, and these characters res Lucas Hnath's Hillary and Clinton is a hot ticket item, currently enjoying a limited Broadway run. If it were merely a comedy couched in the historic events surrounding the New Hampshire primary during the 2008 presidential election (which resulted in the election of Barack Obama as President), my response to the play might have been different, but Hnath has set his play in an alternate reality, on a planet called Earth, billions of light years away from our home planet, and these characters resemble characters we think we know, but in this play they are not those people, but alternate versions of the people we think we know. Written and debuted during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, when Hillary Clinton was once again a presidential candidate (and the presumed 45th President of the United States), the play is somewhat overly complicated. It is on one hand a situation-comedy drawn from the marriage of the two very familiar titular political characters. It is also a bit of a morality tale about the pursuit of high political offices - if not the highest political office - and the necessary portrayal of gender norms for the benefit of the electorate because we unfortunately still live in a world where people are judged through some sexist lens prior to assessing their leadership skills. While the play capitalizes on all we know about the relationship between The Clintons, that presumed familiarity may in part be the play's undoing. Not to say that it isn't a good play, but we spend our time thinking about those specific married politicians rather than a pair of fictitious married politicians. Mired in our collective thoughts and feelings about them, simply telling us these are people billions of light years away doesn't prevent us from seeing them as the people involved in Whitewater, impeachment, Benghazi, etc. Consequently, the play falters on the specifics and has an uphill battle letting us imagine putting a woman in the White House, especially since, at this point, it probably won't ever be That Woman.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Justine Comeau

    After my second time seeing this play, I immediately started reading this script, like ten minutes later. And it's not the script that was performed on broadway, it's been updated since this was published, and it's different and starts to bring up different points, like how there's a difference between the you inside and the you that's president, and the ethics of puttin the weight of presidency on One person. Overall, I think the show that was presented on broadway was strengthened by including After my second time seeing this play, I immediately started reading this script, like ten minutes later. And it's not the script that was performed on broadway, it's been updated since this was published, and it's different and starts to bring up different points, like how there's a difference between the you inside and the you that's president, and the ethics of puttin the weight of presidency on One person. Overall, I think the show that was presented on broadway was strengthened by including Barrack specifically, and by taking away the campaign manager. making a move on her. Maybe I'm rating it 4 stars instead of 5 because the broadway show is absolutely definitely a 5 star production with a 5 star script and I'm just comparing it. The arguments are fabulous, the questions it provokes...the way that the characters in this play are not meant to be the real people in this universe... It's all pretty great and the only RPF i'll accept thx

  7. 4 out of 5

    Not Mike

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    JCP

    Laurie Metcalf John Lithgow Zac Orth Peter Francis James Directed by Joe Montello Golden Theatre 6/20/2019

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