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I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan

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The Beckett Theatre (Theatre Row)

410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

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Jul 15, 2013
Jul 30, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
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Patricia Richard and P.J. Benjamin star in John S. Anastasi's new play.


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What Is the Story of I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan?
In the early 1980s, air traffic controller Ray Deluso is laid off after Ronald Reagan hands down a controversial decision to fire striking airline workers. Twenty years later, Ray is still stricken with pride, anger and obsession with the man who ruined his life—and with his former friend who abandoned him on the strike line. Can Ray find forgiveness with his put-upon wife, his actress daughter and the president whom he can’t seem to forget?

Critics’ Reviews

The concept is a good one, offering a unique perspective on the defining nature of work and the impact of job loss on family and friends.

Review by Roma Torre from NY1

At its heart, Anastasi’s what-if scenario drawing from a pivotal point in history is a sound one. There’s grist for drama in the tale of a man whose life has gone from being about control to being about chaos.

Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from New York Daily News

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What Is I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan Like?
Equal parts brassy comedy and heartfelt family drama, the play takes a look at a modern American family that has been affected by a controversial government decision. The first scene takes place in the early 1980s, and the rest of the show picks up twenty years later and examines a frustrated marriage, a strained friendship and a comical-turned-tragic obsession with Ronald Reagan.

Is I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan Good for Kids?
The play includes adult themes and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.