In case you haven’t had your fill of Adlai Stevenson jokes, here’s Gore Vidal with a revival of The Best Man from 1960, a very slight piece of middlebrow liberal wish-fulfillment—think of a particularly overwrought episode of The West Wing produced on Broadway with James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, and Angela Lansbury.

Mr. Larroquette, fresh from a highly regarded turn in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, has had an unlikely career, with a specialty in schemers. He is most widely known for his role on television’s Night Court, but if you listen to the voiceover narration at the beginning of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you’ll recognize him. Anchoring back-to-back big Broadway shows is indeed a mighty long way from playing second fiddle to Harry the Hat on a witless reincarnation of Barney Miller, but here Mr. Larroquette is asked to carry not only the...


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