Posted July 5, 2004 12:00 p.m.
Rush’s Dream Highlighted in The New Yorker
July 5th, 2004, Page 15
In the hotly contested Presidential election of 1800, the candidates, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, traded harsh words, to the detriment of their friendship. Many years later, a mutual friend, Benjamin Rush, urged them to reconcile. A thoughtful play by the Democratic media consultant Julian Mulvey, drawn almost entirely from letters exchanged between Adams and Jefferson, re-creates the rapprochement. What the play lacks in dramatic urgency is made up for by the interest afforded by watching an intellectual courtship between powerful minds. With Richard Mawe as Adams, Baz Snider as Jefferson, and John Michalski as Rush. Directed by Alexandra Farkas. (HERE, 145 Sixth Ave., near Spring St. 212-868-4444.)