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Her Opponent

From 3 critic and 47 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

About the show

Prismal Productions presents a gender-bending recreation of excerpts from three of 2016’s deeply contentious presidential debates. More…

Could experiencing what the two U.S. presidential candidates said and how they said it—but with the genders inverted—cause people to revisit their own personal biases and develop insights or a different perspective? An actor performs the text, gestures, and movements of Hillary Clinton, but as a male Democratic candidate named Jonathan Gordon, and an actress performs the text, gestures, and movements of Donald Trump, but as a female Republican candidate named Brenda King. The experience includes an opportunity for audiences to share their thoughts and impressions in a facilitated discussion immediately following each performance.


"Provocative, startling, and theatrical...Ms. Whorton is commanding...Mr. Embry totally evokes Clinton’s verbal rhythms and authoritative manner...Wagner perfectly simulates the dryness and self-importance of the various moderators...Ms. Guadalupe and Mr. Salvatore have selected highly representative portions of the debates and woven them into a fascinating one-act program...An enthralling and imaginative piece of documentary theater." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A show without characters, acting, or writing. It is also not a show. What it is, is a mirror. And an ingenious one at that...This is not a satire, parody, farce, nor recommendation nor condemnation of what took place at the debates. This is the actual moment replayed...without the originals' gender or decades of being in the public eye...Time will tell, but I feel that the relevancy of 'Her Opponent' will hold the play up well in subsequent years." Full Review

Act Three - The Reviews

“Rachel Tuggle Whorton tackles quite accurately Mr. Trump. Daryl Embry equally aptly tackles the persona of Mrs. Clinton, both nailing certain mannerisms, patterns of speech and general stature. Only the pronouns (he/she) were changed to make sense in this environment, and the names were changed but maintained the same rhythm…For a mild jolt and passing identification of your own biases, head over to the Jerry Orbach theatre.” Full Review

Masterful, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like shows that make you think, are in to politics, interested in gender identity.

Don't see it if You want to watch something flashy, doesn't require thinking, or are not into politics.

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You ever thought there was more to the presidential race then meets the eye. This production explores how the public captured these debates

Don't see it if You do not have an open mind to how gender played a role for each candidate. This show should be viewed without predjudice and bias opinion.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Clever

See it if You like twist or something out of the ordinary or Donald Trump dressed and talk as a woman

Don't see it if You are not into politics

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you can get past being depressed about what might have been and are open to a truly eye opening experience.

Don't see it if you're comfortable with our political leadership and don't want to think about it anymore.

Also The premise of this show fascinated me, but at first, sitting in the a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Relevant

See it if you're still fascinated by the 2016 election and the debates.

Don't see it if you hate politics or you just can't take any more.

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if wonderful performances by the two leads. thought-provoking experiment. intimate venue. resonant social issues.

Don't see it if the post-show discussion was fun, but could vary based on audiences. not a traditional show -more like a class/thought exercise.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you're interested in looking at the 2016 election from a different perspective.

Don't see it if you need a break from politics.

During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy political theatre and/or social experiments in gender biases.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the 2016 presidential election.

During previews
Must see, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see masterfully executed verbatim theatre that will completely stun you, and make you look at the election in a new light

Don't see it if you don't want to think about -- or be made to rethink -- the 2016 election and our current​ political climate. Otherwise, go see this!

During previews
Must see, Masterful, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You have any interest in better understanding the way both the gender and the ethos of the 2016 presidential candidates effected your view.

Don't see it if You can't stand anything remotely political or feel even hearing the words of the debate again would be traumatic.

During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Fascinating

See it if You want to have your views and biases challenged regardless of the candidate you supported in a fascinating thought experiment

Don't see it if You can't handle any more politics.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like politics and enjoy investigating what happens if... Very intelligent and thought provoking

Don't see it if You rather see a musical

During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're into politics!

Don't see it if you don't have an interest in politics!

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see great acting of excerpts from the 2016 presidential debates from perspective of different gender.

Don't see it if You were pained by the presidential debate and it still stings

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if You have an interest in politics, gender, psychology, perceived bias, and experimental (and participatory) theater.

Don't see it if You don't want to confront personal biases, don't want to remember the 2016 election ever happened.

Also This is an incredibly unique theater experience that I think everybody... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like a gender bending.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of gender bending.

During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound

See it if A very clever show by Prismal. WOW..!! If you like theater out of the box you will learn, be entertained /think what gender means in politic

Don't see it if If you just want to sit back and use one brain cell in the theater skip this one. New York theater offeres so much more than just "Broadway"


During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to participate in a clever and interesting gender reversal experiment.

Don't see it if you don't like thinking about complex issues.

During previews
Clever thought provoking idea, executed brilliantly

See it if you like politics, want something to think about

Don't see it if you've had enough DT or are suffering from PTSD from the election.

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like seeing shows that make you think deeply

Don't see it if You don't like being engaged and having a talk back

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see the reality about gender biases and gender psychology applied in politics. Why a higher standard is placed in women leaders.

Don't see it if Don't want to see gender biases and how gender affects politics and leadership.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you voted or didn't vote in the last election. You are still in shock from the outcome. You wonder if the medium is the message.

Don't see it if you don't want to listen to or participate in the post show discussion. You don't want to improve your President picking skills.

During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disturbing

See it if You want to rethink the 2016 presidential debate from the perspective of gender, performance and politics.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by the election and don't want to think anything about it.

Also Why is our country divided? Towards male versus female politicians, ou... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Excruciating

See it if you want to revisit the past election debates to scrutinize its other aspects & share opinions about it in the talk back after the show.

Don't see it if you are closed minded politically.

Also The 1st part which is the actual debate is great but is barely an hour... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a very clever take on the 2016 debates and a gender reversal that really works. The actors took over the roles very well.

Don't see it if you can't look past your political biases.You need to look at these candidates with a fresh eye. A woman can be powerful and effective.

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