Theater: The George and Tony Show

Stuff Happens, the bristlingly political play from London, is high on dudgeon but low on answers

However slippery and accommodating his nature, Prime Minister Tony Blair (Julian Sands) is still a proper Brit. He wants to traverse the road to the invasion of Iraq in rational steps--lots of jaw-jaw at the United Nations before war-war begins. President George W. Bush, played with implacable self-righteousness by Keith Carradine, is of a different mind. As imagined by David Hare in Stuff Happens, the only voice Bush hears or heeds belongs to God, who is in a bellicose mood. Both recent history and the laws of dramaturgy tell us, even before the beginning of the play--in its U.S. premiere at...

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