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All the Way 

When: Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m., Tuesdays, 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 4 2015
Price: $17.50-$79.50
If you're old enough to remember Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency, you know it didn't end well. There was a tinge of defeat and disgrace about Johnson's famous nationally televised 1968 announcement that he would not seek the Democratic nomination for a second term as president. Vietnam was a quagmire for the United States, and guess who took the hit for it, right in the neck — LBJ. Nearly forgotten at that juncture were Johnson's astonishing accomplishments as chief executive. This was the extraordinary Texan who nearly single-handedly muscled through one of our country's watershed pieces of legislation: the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Robert Schenkkan's play All the Way casts a look back at Johnson's early period in the Oval Office, from the unplanned, traumatic nature of it (following John F. Kennedy's assassination) up through LBJ's political genius in pushing epic civil-rights legislation through a deeply resistant Congress. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens its new season with the 2004 Tony winner for best play. Performances take place Tuesday through Sunday (September 11 through October 4) at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; 314-968-4925 or Tickets are $17.50 to $79.50.
— Alex Weir


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