Wicked Local: Lincoln assassin’s brother was ‘like De Niro’

Jacob Fishel plays Edwin convincingly with a regal but vulnerable affect, a lord of the stage who is forever undermined by the haunting influence of his father and the bumbling, jealous rage of his brother John. (The would-be assassin, seen here as a shallow brute, is played by Joe Fria.) The seven-person cast includes the playwright himself as Edwin’s friend Adam Badeau and a wickedly irascible Will Lyman as the often raving family patriarch, Junius Brutus Booth. Maureen Keiller doubles as both of Junius’ wives, and Lucy Davenport plays both Edwin’s sister and his wife.

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