Frost/Nixon heats up at CAST

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In retrospect, it was one of the greatest TV confrontations of all time. As Frost/Nixon reminds us, five prime-time programs were distilled from nearly 29 hours of one-on-one interviews of the disgraced former President, Richard M. Nixon, conducted - and financed - by British talk-show host David Frost. Nixon was a master of political resurrections, and Frost was a journalistic lightweight whose syndicated show had recently been cancelled (surely no match for Tricky Dick as 45 million viewers tuned in to the first broadcast).

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Peter Morgan's play, staged by Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, takes us behind the scenes to show us how this little David thwarted a political Goliath's scheme to rewrite history and restore his reputation. Hank West and Lamar Wilson star as the Ali/Frazier antagonists of the high-stakes interviews, with Tom Ollis and Dink Nolen as their prime handlers, Jim Reston and "Swifty" Lazar. $18-$28. Jan. 5, 8 p.m.; Jan. 10-12, 8 p.m.; Jan. 13, 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 17-19, 8 p.m.; Jan. 20, 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 24-26, 8 p.m.; Jan. 27, 2:30 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

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