Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Farnsworth Invention: 10/31/2007

Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention is a big play: big cast, big ideas all packed into a very tight two hours and fifteen minutes. The play concerns the the race to invent and patent the first practical, working television. In this corner we have Philo T. Farnsworth, a young self-taught genius from the Midwest, and in the other corner we have David Sarnoff, visionary media mogul in search of a medium. Sorkin's play is a wild-ride of a history lesson of what was, what wasn't and what could of been regarding radio and television in the first half of the 20th century. While the fist act gets a little too bogged down in "this-is-what-happened-next" mode, act two really soars. Hank Azaria is amazing as Sarnoff and Jimmi Simpson is outstanding as Farnsworth. The Farnsworth Invention is well worth a trip uptown.

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