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Title: Farragut North
Author: Willimon, Beau
Publisher: Dramatist's Play Service
Publication Date: 2010/03/31
Number of Pages: 70
Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress:
Paperback, 70 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Dramatists Play Service
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Rachel C.
This play, the source material for the Clooney movie "Ides of March", was Beau Willimon's ticket to House of Cards. Based on reading this play versus the screenplay, and the early draft of the House of Cards pilot (on Wikileaks!) versus the shooting script, I have surmised a couple of things about Mr. Willimon.

1. The guy has a pretty dim view of human nature. I mean, I tend to skew cynical myself, but DAMN. Is a single decent, moral character too much to ask for? I really miss Jed Bartlett.

2. He
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Sam Taylor
Jul 30, 2014 Sam Taylor rated it liked it
After being thoroughly impressed with the film adaptation , I was immediately interested in reading Farragut North, as it seemed to have many things I loved seeing in American political drama's: journalism, back-alley deals, double-crossing, scandals and much more. Therefore, I will simply say right off the bat, the film version is better.

While I won't say I was disappointed with Farragut North, it certainly is an entertaining and intriguing read and I imagine it makes a relatively straight for
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Amanda
Feb 10, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Probably hadn't read a play since high school but read this because the movie 'Ides of March' was based on it and it was nominated for best adapted screenplay. Very interesting to sort of 'see how the sausage' was made on this one. The play and the movie were vastly different. The movie was a huge improvement. Made for a quick read though and it was kind of cool to notice how characters are developed differently in plays than in books.
Franc
Aug 07, 2016 Franc rated it liked it
The play is a quick, enjoyable read. The dialogue is crisp and Mametian, and you can easily see this 2005 play as training wheels for Willimon's later vehicle, HBO’s House of Cards. In 2011, George Clooney filmed a 12” extended dance version of Farragut North, called The Ides of March, and I think the story benefits from the addition of the 3rd Act.

The play is centered around by a young, whipsmart political operative and his interactions and subsequent schooling by two older operatives. The pla
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notgettingenough
Oct 31, 2011 notgettingenough rated it liked it
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I wonder if the author wrote this, hoping it would get picked up as a movie? I sat through the Ides of March today, wondering how it could be that I'd seen it before. I guess that makes the play not particularly memorable. I just don't think there is enough in it and that applies to the movie too. Ryan Gosling looking like Ryan Gosling isn't enough.
Jeni
Sep 12, 2013 Jeni rated it really liked it
A look at the backroom of politics which is as fueled by prestige as the front of house is.
Great dialogue that reads as improv speech rather then a written word.

From a staging point of view; simple sets make is adaptable for most venues and budgets. The lack of pop culture candidate names make it ageless.

Good read. Cant wait to see it on stage.
Kendra Carlson
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Interesting roles for men - 19 year old female. Could replace the lead with a woman -change dynamics a bit. Good to ride on the coattails of the House of Cards success in an election year.
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very good fast read play....The movie THE IDES OF MARCH made an improvement of this play.
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