Curtain Call: Milford’s ‘Frost/Nixon’ earns a virtual encore

Rehearsal for Frost/Nixon with director, Jeremy Funke, Nicole Neurohr (Frost), and John Atkin (Nixon).

Rehearsal for Frost/Nixon with director, Jeremy Funke, Nicole Neurohr (Frost), and John Atkin (Nixon).

Contributed / Milford Arts Council

Not surprisingly, considering that we are days away from one of the most important presidential elections of our lifetimes, we’ve seen a lot of politically motivated live and virtual performances at various theaters throughout the state.

Eastbound Theatre in Milford is about to do an encore presentation of “Frost/Nixon.” According to Lori Lewis, the marketing director for the theater, the live streamed event went so well that they will present the play again on Nov. 1. Lorie, who knows just about everything that goes on in the theater even gets her fair share of the credits as she acts as a narrator introducing the cast to the audience.

“This was our first production of the season,” she said and we even had a gender bending of the rules with a female playing the role of a male in the production. We had actors from everywhere auditioning for the roles. One actor from California and an Equity actor who got special permission to be in the show. It was phenomenal.”

The play is based on the 1977 interviews with English talk-show host David Frost who wants to be seen as an important television host. He intends to do so by interviewing Richard M. Nixon who resigned from the U.S. presidency in disgrace. Nixon hopes the interviews will re-establish his image. This sets up both men for a precarious series of one-up-man-ship. Frost is warned that Nixon is called “Tricky Dick” for a reason and Frost risks his career on the interviews.

The streamed presentation was made possible thanks to an Eastbound volunteer - Don Rowe. “He volunteered to be the technical producer,” explained Lorie, who said the production was fabulous. For more information about “Frost/Nixon” visit milfordarts.org.

As for their next presentation, Lewis said that it will be a while before the theater gets back to near normal. “We did some summer pop ups at the historical society, and it’s possible that we might do something at the Parson’s veteran Auditorium at the Government Center. All things are possible,” said the enthusiastic Lewis.

All things considered, she is absolutely correct. Theaters have learned a lot so far in this age of COVID-19. They can now reach actors from all over the country for spotlight appearances. They can also reach audiences globally. Once theaters are back and audiences return to see the real live theater again, theaters will be ready to knock our socks off.

Don’t forget that “RFK” (Robert F.Kennedy) runs at the Music Theatre of CT in Norwalk through Nov. 8. This is about Robert Kennedy’s life after the assassination of his brother John F. Kennedy. Contact the theater for tickets either in the theater or for the virtual production at musictheatreofct.com.

Joanne Greco Rochman was a founding member of the Connecticut Critics Circle and is a current member in The American Theatre Critics Association. She welcomes comments. Contact: jgrochman@gmail.com.