If one were to psychoanalyze the work of Aaron Sorkin
, one might infer a problem with authority figures. Look at Kaffee vs. Jessep (Tom Cruise vs. Jack Nicholson) in A Few Good Men
Toby vs. President Bartlet in “The West Wing” and Matt vs. Jack Rudolph
in “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and what you’ll find in each case
is a highly gifted underdog, with a taste for booze, who must confront
a powerful, experienced bossman. In Sorkin’s gripping new drama, The Farnsworth Invention
this formula is once again put into action as Philo Farnsworth, a
lowly, genius, alcoholic farmer from Utah competes against David
Sarnoff, the President of RCA, to invent and patent television.
Sorkin is an emphatic writer and this play is testament to his skills
in creating zippy dialog that entertains and educates an audience even
if it often sounds more like the playwright himself doing the talking...
Read full "Farnsworth" here.
Photo by Joan Marcus
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