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The Heritage Theatre Company The Missiles of October

By • Oct 23rd, 2008 • Category: Reviews
The Missiles of October
The Heritage Theatre Company
Randolph Road Theatre, Silver Spring, MD
$28-$32/Seniors: $25-$28/Students: $10-$15
Through November 8th

This is the ShowBizRadio review of The Missiles of October performed by The Heritage Theatre Company in Silver Spring, Maryland. We saw the performance on Saturday evening, October 18, 2008.

The Missiles of October is a World Premiere play by Stanley Greenberg, based on Robert F. Kennedy’s Book “Thirteen Days: a memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis” and a television drama written by Stanley R. Greenberg, and directed to the stage by Karey Faulkner.

This was a full length historical drama, running two hours without intermission. There was not a lot of direct action, but there was an intensity from the actors. If you are a history buff, or if you remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, you should enjoy this production. The set was minimal, with two primary acting areas; the Oval Office and a conference room, although other areas of the auditorium were used. The Cuban Missile Crisis is a popular topic for theater, as the American Century Theater just produced The Titans this summer.

The role of President John F. Kennedy was played confidently by Sean Coe. Coe’s Kennedy was sincere and he had a noble demeanor. Kennedy knew he was in a tough situation and had to make the right decision or else. Coe was able to maintain Kennedy’s New England accent throughout the entire performance. Robert F. Kennedy, the Attorney General to the United States and President Kennedy’s brother, was played well by Robert Scott Hitcho. Hitcho and Coe performed well together, including brotherly gestures and calling one another by nicknames when they were alone together, but changing to a more formal relationship whenever anyone else was present. They were sincere and ernest in their deliveries.

Jeff Murray started out the evening playing General Curtis LeMay. After that first scene he became the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. As Khrushchev, Murray was very cold and terse. He had a very authoritarian air about him and he spoke with authority. Each of the rest of the all-male cast filled the role of Presidential advisor well, but we learned nothing about the each man beyond their opinion of how the United States should react to the situation.

One major distraction of the performance was the sound effects’ volume. Applause effects during Kennedy’s speeches, and voices speaking with Kruschev, were far too loud. The Sound Designer was Dan Fordham.

The Missiles of October ran two hours without an intermission. It is playing through Saturday November 8. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM. There will be a matinee on Saturday, November 1st at 2 PM and then at 8 PM at the Randolph Road Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. A performance has also been added for Saturday, November 22nd.

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And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • President John F. Kennedy: Sean Coe
  • Attorney Gen’l Robert F. Kennedy: Robert Scott Hitcho
  • Soviet Premier, Nikita Kruschev: Jeff Murray
  • Sec’y. Of Defense, Robert McNamara: Dan Fordham
  • Sec’y. Of State Dean Rusk: Stephen Rourke
  • General Maxwell Taylor: Bruce Gruber
  • U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson: paul Fahrenkopf
  • Former Sec’y of State, Dean Acheson: Carl Rochelle
  • Presidential Advisor, McGeorge Bundy: R. Brett Rohrer
  • CIA Director, John McCone: Greg Rumpf
  • Presidential Assistant, Ken O’Donnell: Peter Bertoncini
  • General Curtis LeMay: Jeff Murray
  • Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko: Dan Fordham
  • Soviet Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Valerian Zorin: Stephen Rourke
  • Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin: R. Brett Rohrer
  • Admiral George Whelan Anderson: Carl Rochelle

Crew

  • Producing Artistic Director: Karey Faulkner
  • Casting: Sean Coe
  • Resident Actor and Theatre Partner: Sean Coe
  • Lighting Designers: Karey Faulkner and Dan Fordham
  • Sound Designer: Dan Fordham
  • Music Designer: Karey Faulkner
  • Company Manager: Dan Fordham
  • Light & Sound Operator: Michael Wilburn
  • A.S.M: Michael Wilburn
  • Office Assistant: Michael Rosenberg

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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