Off-broadway play asks its audience to vote on Nixon’s complicity in Watergate

Off-broadway play asks its audience to vote on Nixon’s complicity in Watergate


He’s not a crook.

At least that is what most audiences of an off-Broadway play about President Richard M. Nixon — starring famed impersonator Rich Little — think of the late, disgraced Watergate figure.

The show puts the audience of “Trial on the Potomac” in place of the Senate, which, after the curtain call, must vote on whether or not to “convict” Tricky Dick at an impeachment trial, something Nixon avoided in real life by resigning.

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The results: of 26 showings so far, just one — a Sunday matinee — collected the required 67 votes to convict. All others found Nixon “not guilty.”

The play at the Theatre at St. Clement’s is based on documents painstakingly uncovered in the years since Nixon’s 1974 resignation by Geoff Shepard, 76, who in his 20s was a lawyer in the Nixon White House and worked on the president’s Watergate defense.

His thesis: Nixon was the victim of “a

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