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Theater Review: 'The Columnist' at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, New York
Theater Review: 'The Columnist' at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, New York

NEW YORK — Who was Joseph Alsop? This question, this mystery drives "The Columnist," a new drama by David Auburn,Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Proof," about a star journalist who was as clear cut in his political views as he was opaque in his private life. The play, which opened Wednesday at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway in a production expertly directed by Daniel Sullivan, is more engrossing as creative biography than drama. (Factual events are fictionally processed and supplemented.) But the work is elevated by a commanding performance by John Lithgow as Alsop, the effete Communist-hating syndicated columnist who wrote...

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