RFK- Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Without a doubt, the citizens of the United States, if not all the world, are focused on the upcoming presidential election taking place on November 3rd. Our fate and our soul may be in question. Imagine you could turn the clock back to a different era and explore the psyche of another political figure and gain understandings from that encounter.

Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk is offering you such an opportunity. MTC is only one of three theaters with permission to perform live, as well as to stream, and the experience is awesome. Until November 8, come see Chris Manuel as Robert F. Kennedy in Jack Holmes’ absorbing drama “RFK.” Growing up in the shadow of his older brothers, Joe who was killed in the war and Jack who became the first Catholic president, it was not easy.

Chris Manuel opens his heart and soul as he shares his unique story, in the years 1964-1968, as he reconciles his political future with what the country demands of him. He is open and honest about the impact of Jack’s death as he speaks at the gravesite to ”Johnny,” seeking his advice. Should he run for office against Lyndon Johnson or retire to his home at Hickory Hill and enjoy life with his wife Ethel and their eleven children?

He wants to end the war in Vietnam, to curb poverty, to fight for racial justice, to make the world a better place.

He was afraid if he ran, he would split the Democratic party. Despite this crisis of conscience, he decides to campaign for the presidency. Tragically he is killed by an assassin on the night of his California primary victory at the age of 42.

Come witness this personal and intimate journey thanks to the direction of Kevin Connors, the stage management of Jim Schilling, the scenic design of Jessie Lizotte, the lighting of RJ Romeo and the sound design of Will Atkin. With masks and social distancing, attend in person by calling the theater, 509 Westport Avenue, Norwalk at 203-454-3883 or get a stream link for $25. Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Let RFK reveal his character, with all its flaws, as he genuinely tries to become the leader the country needs and deserves.

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