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  Trying at Rubicon Theatre


Rubicon Theatre
1006 East Main Street Ventura

Trying is a poignant, poetic and powerful story about a relationship between Francis Biddle, Attorney General under Roosevelt and Chief Judge at the Nuremburg trials; and Sarah, a tenacious 25-year-old woman from the Canadian plains, one of a string of secretaries Biddle’s wife has hired to help him put his affairs in order at the end of his long an illustrious career. Biddle, 81, is in poor health, proud and cantankerous as he begins to confront his own mortality. Sarah, however, is also headstrong, and from her early life on the prairie has developed a strength and wisdom beyond her years. Despite the difference in ideologies and age, the two forge a friendship. The play is autobiographical in nature and is written by Joanna McClelland Glass, who worked for Biddle in the late 60s.

Thru - Apr 4, 2010

Price: $39-$59

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 805-667 2900

  Trying Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Confining the piece to her observations during the last year of Biddle's life, playwright Glass weaves a deeply felt narrative but also limits its scope. Allusions to the Martin Luther King assassination, the conviction of Nazi war criminals, even Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis – amount to little more than historical name-dropping. Only the WWII internment of Japanese Americans – which Biddle authorized in the name of "military necessity" – carries real dramatic weight as a wound of shame that still tears at his soul."
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Philip Brandes

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...The Rubicon’s production, superbly directed by Jenny Sullivan, is a welcome reminder not only of what great roles Glass has created for two gifted actors, but also of just what a fine piece of playwriting Trying is."
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Steven Stanley

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