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Farragut North @ Geffen Playhouse

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Beau Willimon's Farragut North, now onstage in its West Coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse, begins first with a burst of layered noise courtesy a handful of media outlets and their various talking heads rehashing political talking points, and then is followed by the noise of a group of four ambitious people talking rehashing politics and the media--their bread and butter--in an Iowa bar.

While at first it feels intrusive and confusing--who are these people and what are they talking about?--by the end of the play you come to realize that everything these four people talk about in one story of political manipulation and its journalistic rendering is a part of the story of their own lives. Loyalty, secrets, sacrifices, bedfellows and "spin" all compose the fabric of this booze-fueled gab session, but also serve as the recurrent themes in the story that is about to unfold in these characters' lives over the next couple of days on the campaign trail and in their own, far more fragile, personal lives.