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A play about power, ambition, political secrets, ruthlessness and the race for the presidency, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man is set at the national convention where two candidates are vying for their party’s nomination during the primary season. It’s an inside look at the dirt-digging, double-dealing, triple-crossing chicanery of presidential electioneering...and what could be more fun in a Presidential campaign season than these theatrical fireworks.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Sep. 9, 2012.

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About The Best Man

What Is the Story of The Best Man?
Set in 1960 at the National Convention in Philadelphia, The Best Man is the story of two presidential candidates hoping to earn their party’s nomination: Secretary William Russell (John Larroquette) and Senator Joseph Cantwell (Eric McCormack). When Cantwell threatens to smear Russell’s reputation with a rumor about his mental health, Russell faces a tough decision. Will he unleash an equally devastating smear on Cantwell to win the presidential ticket, or keep his moral integrity intact even if it means losing the race?


Ex-President Arthur Hockstader
John Stamos
Senator Joseph Cantwell
Mabel Cantwell
Angelica Page
Alice Russell
John Larroquette
Secretary William Russell
Mark Blum
Dick Jensen
Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamadge
Sheldon Marcus


Written by
Gore Vidal
Michael Wilson
Set Designer
Derek McLane
Costume Designer
Ann Roth
Lighting Designer
Kenneth Posner
Sound Designer
John Gromada
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