Song & Stage

‘Five Presidents’ Extended Again at Bay Street Theater

Five Presidents, a new play by House of Cards and The West Wing writer Rick Cleveland, has had its run at Bay Street Theater extended once again. Now the production will continue through July 26.

Directed by Mark Clements, the play centers on a meeting of President Bill Clinton and former presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford on the day of Richard Nixon’s funeral in 1994.

In his reviewDan’s Papers theater critic Lee Meyer wrote, “At a brisk 85 minutes, Five Presidents focuses more on character than plot, showcasing a strong, smart script and excellent performances that transcend easy impersonations or caricatures. ”

He concluded, “Timely, mature and highly entertaining, theatergoers are encouraged to check out this compelling drama.”

“It has been thrilling to watch audiences respond with such enthusiasm to Rick Cleveland’s new play,” says Scott Schwartz, the artistic director at Bay Street. “The actors are marvelous and each performance has been both entertaining and thought provoking. I am delighted Bay Street will now offer more opportunities to see this East Coast premiere.”

A special matinee performance will be staged Saturday, July 25, at 2 pm. There will be no evening performance on July 25 because Darrell Hammond will take the stage that night for a comedy show.

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