These two leading actors are key to this production's triumph. With his gold-topped cane and stiff posture, Kilner portrays Peter as a pompous ass when he visits his brother's parlor, jutting his jaw and stabbing his finger at Tom. But in public, Peter beams with reassurance and reason, seducing the townspeople into trusting the powers that be. By contrast, Graham makes Tom a bon vivant at home, praising his children, welcoming visitors with drinks. In public, however, Tom's bumbling efforts to be subtle and reasonable undermine the points he's trying to make. He's a scientist, not a politician.