These portions of the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings - testimony interspersed with contemporary commentary - are dramatic, though not quite a drama. The acting is good. Edward Asner plays a senator who is sometimes on one side, sometimes the other, a dramatic device that mostly works. He excels at conveying, by turns, thoughtfulness and cluelessness; the latter gets what laughs there are. Paul Winfield overacts a tad but makes Thomas seem real - sharp, angry, wounded. Ella Joyce renders Anita Hill's intelligence, vulnerability, and dismay. The piece is evenhanded; it's possible to believe Thomas, even admire his eloquence and strength. But those who believe Hill will be chilled by what could only be Thomas's pathological manipulativeness, cynicism, and dishonesty.
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