"Monday in October" at the Kennedy [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Eisenhower Theater is a what-if [WORD ILLEGIBLE] What if there were a woman appointed [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Supreme Court? Wouldn't that be a [WORD ILLEGBILE] for the old boys putting on their black [WORD ILLEGIBLE] in the locker room?
There is no plot. The characters are ones which we have seen done well here before. Henry Fonda does a wonderfully sexy, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] white-haired liberal wearing a [WORD ILLEGIBLE] cardigan; but so did William O. Douglas in his record-setting public run. Jane Alexander is fine as the lawyer whose crisp expression is softened by blouses with pussy-cat bows and whose all-business manner is offset by the background of a happy marriage; Carla Hills and Patricia Roberts Harris have also done it well, but it's just not as full, original and appealing a part as the Douglas one.
Nevertheless, the juxtaposition of the two makes an entertaining play. It is done, for the most part, with subtlety and taste. The flirtation between the two justices stays cerebral, and yet it crackles. It is a delight to watch them on each exit from the set - he preceeding her through doors, because he has seniority, but doing it, with ironic pleasure, and she accepting it, but not before pausing to remind herself that it is indeed proper.
Since this is in the what-if catagory, one might ask, what if it had been a play in which opposing judicial approaches had crashed forcefully. She is supposed to represent conservativism against his liberalism, but neither side has an occasion to bring out the heavy guns.
Or what if she brought in a feminist view? Opposing views on pornography are given here - he coming out for freedom of expression, she against the exploitation of women - but again without great force. While she was quoting Holmes' statement about not having the right to shot "Fire!" in a crowded theater (have you ever seen a legal play in which it was omitted?) she might have talked about the question of what incites violence against women.
But those are other what-if questions. What if William Douglas got locked into battle with Carla Hills may be enough of a what-if.