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42 review for State of the Union

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brian McCann

    Talky Pulitzer Prize winner from 1946. I was hoping that on the cusp off the 2020 election year that it would resonate more. But it really doesn’t. Unfortunately, STATE OF THE UNION is more of a period piece than a timeless classic.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I read this play because it won a Pulitzer Prize and I wasn't disappointed. While it did feel pretty outdated, the story itself was fast paced, and the dialogue sharp and clever. If the references were updated, I can see how it could still play to an audience today. The play is about a business leader who, after giving some impassioned and well received speeches, is talked into trying to run for president. The play follows him on a tour of speaking dates leading up to the primary elections. His I read this play because it won a Pulitzer Prize and I wasn't disappointed. While it did feel pretty outdated, the story itself was fast paced, and the dialogue sharp and clever. If the references were updated, I can see how it could still play to an audience today. The play is about a business leader who, after giving some impassioned and well received speeches, is talked into trying to run for president. The play follows him on a tour of speaking dates leading up to the primary elections. His mistress, a New York newspaper editor, sets him up with a campaign manager who advices him that, for appearance sake, he'll have to take his estranged wife with him on the tour. Over the course of the tour, he realizes that he isn't willing to sacrifice his beliefs in order to win political favor, and that he's better off on the sidelines, giving speeches that represent his true feelings. He and his wife are reunited by his honorable decision. For a play written in the 1940s, I found the female characters to be impressively smart and well rounded. It almost seems as if the real main character is the candidate's wife, who falls back in love with her husband when she sees the effect he has upon the people attending his speeches. While their renunion felt somewhat obvious, it was still a clever take on politics and could feel relevant today, with a few tweaks.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. I often think of the above adage when reading political plays and novels from earlier decades. In this case, either State of the Union was vastly ahead of its time, or much of the problems we bemoan of in modern American politics are simply retreads of arguments that have been stretching on for decades, perhaps even to the founding the country. The title is a clever play on words, tipping its hat to the both the political office in question an The more things change, the more they stay the same. I often think of the above adage when reading political plays and novels from earlier decades. In this case, either State of the Union was vastly ahead of its time, or much of the problems we bemoan of in modern American politics are simply retreads of arguments that have been stretching on for decades, perhaps even to the founding the country. The title is a clever play on words, tipping its hat to the both the political office in question and the marriage of the two central characters. The story itself – of a man who might be president, the mistress pushing him to the office, and the wife who is more than she seems – has some uneven moments, but I liked it. There’s a lot actors could do with the characters on stage, and that alone makes me inclined to endorse it. Recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Hard to believe that this was written in the 40's as it still seems very relevant.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Sullivan

    Alas, just too dated. I don't honestly see how this play could be performed in the 21st century, as written.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Connie

  7. 5 out of 5

    Luvs2read

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Goodchild

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Hitchcock

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jamahl Garrison-Lowe

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judith

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shane

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Shields

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  19. 4 out of 5

    R.K. Cowles

  20. 5 out of 5

    Justin

  21. 5 out of 5

    anne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jg Correa

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Entze

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kevan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joshlynn

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chas

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen Schiller

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alana

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Grow-Nyberg

  31. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnne ArtJunkie

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jason Manford

  33. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  34. 5 out of 5

    Myles Harrold

  35. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  36. 4 out of 5

    Ms Kessler

  37. 4 out of 5

    Mihai

  38. 4 out of 5

    Kristyn

  39. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  40. 5 out of 5

    Tjo

  41. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

  42. 4 out of 5

    Annie

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