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August 17th, 2015

At a dinner party in March, Hamilton made many rude remarks about his fellow politician. Charles D. Cooper, an attendee at the dinner, published these remarks claiming that Hamilton had called Burr “a dangerous man, and one who ought not be trusted with the reins of government,” and that he knew of “a still more despicable opinion which General Hamilton has expressed of Mr. Burr” (Fleming 236). Published and re-published, these comments spread. Incensed, Burr demanded Hamilton apologize. He had an excuse for an honorable fight. In the musical, the light turns red and Burr rages at Hamilton’s piece of spite.

He sings about his longing for “The Room Where it Happens,” this time in his own lit square, but becoming Vice President is a powerless consolation prize and he knows it. Like catty teens, Jefferson and Madison reject his input, and tell him it will be an empty appointment. Echoing “The Room Where it Happens,” the ensemble fix Burr a desk in the light square room where he can begin a letter-feud with Hamilton. “The Bullet actually pulls Burr’s desk onto the stage and hands him his quill so that he can begin his fateful letters, edging his toward the battlefield. Every action she takes ensures that Hamilton meets her one last time”.

“At your service” returns, though this was a popular mode of address. “The serious back and forth banter is set to an almost circus-like instrumental” (“Going H.A.M.”). The visuals are also fun as Hamilton pelts a disbelieving Burr with page after page of letters. During their cheeky correspondence, the signatures are especially singsong-sarcastic, emphasizing the formality of the time with a dash of irony. The men use the same desk and nearly identical signatures, then stand in parallel squares of light, some-thing they haven’t done since they greeted their babies. As foils hurtling inevitably to-ward conflict, their lives still run in parallel, even at the show’s end. In 1804, Hamilton and Burr wrote increasingly antagonistic letters back and forth. As Burr demanded Hamilton assert that he had never said anything derogatory about him (a statement which would have been a lie and also a politically ruinous choice to put in writing), Hamilton quibbled about the ambiguous meaning of “still more despicable,” possibly hoping to muddle their quarrel to the point of their both stepping away but in fact further enraging his opponent with his corrections. If you want to watch whole show, best place to find Hamilton Chicago tickets is here.

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