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Delving 'All the Way' into LBJ's civil rights legacy at Arena Stage

Delving 'All the Way' into LBJ's civil rights legacy at Arena Stage

The weighty chapter of American history that stretches from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the struggles by his successor to push civil rights legislation through a recalcitrant Congress contains the stuff of theater — noble ambitions, setbacks of one kind or another, deceptions, a few of genuine heroes, any number of vivid villains.

Robert Schenkkan packs as much of these events and characters as he can into his play "All the Way," enjoying a workout on the boards at Arena Stage.

This examination of the first year of Lyndon Johnson's accidental presidency, November 1963 to November 1964, is a little too stuffed. Scenes fly by, especially...

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