The Truman Show

When Harry met Dewey, and other true tales

The folksy president with the history of business failures in his private life at one point had an approval rating of 22 percent, and a prominent war hero denounced him publicly by stating, "The American nation has never been in greater danger. It is led by a fool who is surrounded by knaves." This in addition to charges of corruption in his office and cabinet — Harry S. Truman sure was some lightning rod of a president. And yet after leaving office, he refused to cash in on his presidential status by taking highly-paid, do-nothing board positions or racking up pricey speaking engagements. Truman instead retired to Independence, Missouri, opened a presidential library and wrote his memoirs — and lived long enough to see his reputation and his legacy rehabilitated in the public's opinion. The tumultuous public life of Harry Truman is the subject of Samuel Gallu's one-man show, Give 'Em Hell, Harry. The Midnight Company presents Give 'Em Hell, Harry starring Joe Hanrahan, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (February 12 through 22) at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-361-9017 or Tickets are $16 to $20.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 12. Continues through Feb. 22, 2009
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