Sean O’Shea opens David Williamson’s play “Rupert” with a riff on Rupert Murdoch’s Twitter account. “#howgoodami” O’Shea announces, after pretending to tweet about audience attendance at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center Thursday night. It’s the kind of moment that could seem like a desperate lurch toward hipness, but it’s really a signal that the play means to provide you with the same unmediated Murdoch that we usually get only 140 characters at a time.
Guy Edmonds plays “Young Rupert” from an indifferent student with a bust of Lenin on his windowsill to a world-straddling media baron to a man white-knuckling his grip on an empire amid scandals, dueling heirs and expensive divorces.
- Sean O’Shea as Rupert (Jeff Busby/courtesy Kennedy Center)
The story, of course, unfolds at the direction of O’Shea’s Rupert, who constantly manipulates the action.… Read more