The show does create an unusual and memorable experience. Arne Zaslove’s directorial intentions are clear, and his team of artists and actors achieve many moments of poignance and clarity. The “historical” scenes of high level meetings between the newly-designated President Truman (adeptly played by Dennis Bateman) and his pushy mentor James Byrnes (Gordon Coffey in a nuanced and memorable performance) are crisply paced. James Thomas Patrick breathes life into Secretary of War Henry Stimson, one of the hawks circling Truman in the final days of the Manhattan Project.
Directed by Arne Zaslove