Michael T. Weiss
'Of Equal Measure' at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

The trouble with historical fiction is that there often isn't a satisfying amount of either element. Fact constrains fantasy as the helpless past gets reduced to a pencil sketch. "Of Equal Measure," Tanya Barfield's drama about the hypocrisy of Woodrow Wilson's White House as experienced by an African American secretary, lays out an ambitious agenda of ethical, political and racial issues. It also raises (by quaint analogy) the question that has every political pundit's tongue wagging at the moment -- how much compromise of core ideals is acceptable in the march to the Oval Office. But the play, which had its world premiere Friday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre...