From the perspective of President Ronald Regan’s official biographer, Edmund Morris, Blind Date by Rogelio Martinez recounts the events leading up to and during the 1985 Geneva Summit in which Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev dance in an effort to come to terms on the then escalating arms race.
The audience is woven through the integral relationships that existed between U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Gorbachev’s right hand, Eduard Shevardnadze as well as the leader’s wives and of course, Regan and Gorbachev on behalf of the fate of the United States and Russia.
Zeroing in on the sometimes not-so-subtle human faux pas and cultural differences, Morris, who was famously quoted as befuddled by the blurred lines between truth and fiction that seemingly existed simultaneously within larger-than-life Regan, takes the audience on a trip!
Rob Riley as Regan delivers a charismatic performance second to none, and Deanna Dunagan is a strikingly realistic and sarcastic Nancy. The sets are creative and modern, the costumes are comically indicative of the era, and collectively, the cast puts on a great show.
For live theater that is thought-provoking and a little bit different, Blind Date is well worth 2 and half hours of your time in the city. Tickets start around $20.00 and will run through February.
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