Review by Kathleen Campion
Brian Cox stars as LBJ in The Great Society at the Beaumont. Playwright Robert Schenkkan takes a second swing — telling the second chapter in the Johnson legacy. Johnson’s ambitions for his war on poverty, and his actual accomplishments to that end — Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps and more — are imperiled by the turbulence of sixties. The Vietnam War ruins him and the Civil Rights movement, which he’s supported and advanced, cannot stomach his pace.
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