What with Clinton, Obama and McCain talking our ears off all over the airwaves and two former presidents’ birthdays happening this month, ’tis the season for presidential stuff. So take a break from the knee-jerk political posturing on TV and take in the thoughtful and charming recollections of arguably the most amusing president of the United States in the new show at the Falcon Theatre, “The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln.”
Granville Van Dusen is a master at playing Lincoln in this one-man show. He’s been doing it for a while under the direction of famed film director Delbert Mann (“Marty,” “That Touch of Mink”). Sadly, Mann passed away in November. The current production is ably directed by Jenny Sullivan but apparently retains much of the spirit of Mann’s original style.
There will always be speculation about Lincoln’s motives and true beliefs, but my guess is that for Lincoln scholars, of which I am not one, Van Dusen’s interpretation of Lincoln is intriguing and quite accurate. For Lincoln enthusiasts, of which I am one, this play is pure entertainment with a sprinkling of “gee, I didn’t know that” on top.