The play concentrates on the interactions between Bill (Lithgow) and Hillary (Metcalf) during the race, with much of the play featuring just the two actors on stage.
Speaking to The Hill, Lithgow said that theatregoers would see "no make up at all, no accents, no imitations," suggesting that doing that would turn it into a "Saturday Night Live sketch."
The actor said he and Metcalf believe the play pays homage to the couple. "Life has been very hard on them. It's also been very good to them. The play reflects both those things," he said.
Lithgow, an avid Clinton supporter and Trump critic, stressed that the play was "not so political," and "not an advocacy play, at all," later adding that he could see Republican voters "coming in and being equally engaged by it."
The play received a colder reception online, however, with Clinton critics rushing to attack it and Clinton's supporters seemingly nowhere to be found.
"I hope it includes the scene where she smashes her phones with a hammer…or when she decides NOT to send help to dying US troops in Benghazi or that time when she sold Uranium to the Russians," one joker quipped. "The sequel will be called 'Bill & Hillary do time', another user added, referring to Trump supporters' long-claimed promise to "Lock Her Up."
I hope it includes the scene where she smashes her phones with a 🔨……or when she decides NOT to send help to dying US troops in Benghazi or that time when she sold Uranium to the Russians…it might require a sequel…Tony material folks!— Jule (@jsparkplug) 17 апреля 2019 г.
The sequel will be called “ Bill & Hillary do time”— K (@abshadowrider) 17 апреля 2019 г.
Who is playing the "server"?— canyoureadthist (@canyoureadthist) 17 апреля 2019 г.
Will there be a feature from Monica Lewinsky?— Richard Sweatt (@DTFOfficial1) 17 апреля 2019 г.
"Springtime for Clinton and superdelegates " is worth going for— JFMayo 🌎 (@SrMayo1) 18 апреля 2019 г.
If it gets bad reviews then the play house will get drone strike to help bring liberty from the management— Head Nutcase (@HeadNutcase) 17 апреля 2019 г.
low bar— neontaster (@neontaster) 17 апреля 2019 г.
As much I love Broadway especially the musicals, it’s really for rich Neo-Liberals.— Demoni1985🏳️🌈🌹 (@demoni1985) 17 апреля 2019 г.
The play did find a few defenders, however, with one user who apparently watched a preview saying the play was "some of the best acting" she'd seen on Broadway, with another saying she could not wait to see the show, and that it would be sure to win a Tony Award.
hillary and clinton was some of the best acting i’ve seen on a broadway stage period— rosie ♉︎ (@RosieThaRivetaa) 18 апреля 2019 г.
Cannot wait to see it!!! Tony gold right here!— 🇺🇸🗽 𝙉𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙞 𝙎𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙝 (@historBilia) 17 апреля 2019 г.