Radical Gags Theatrics presents the world premiere of the first-ever romantic comedy about the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank. More…
It's 1910 in Chicago, and a suffragist social reformer asks an immigrant mechanic to install a steam boiler. But before they have a chance to turn up the heat, the pair get embroiled in the most romantic issue of the early 20th century: the establishment of the Federal Reserve System.
"This historical play, with a dash of romance and a whole lot of heart, is charming and earnest to the core. Polner’s cleverly constructed script draws the audience into a story some might call dry and boring...surrounding this story of the founding of the federal reserve with an understated love story, more quips than can be found on 'Brooklyn 99,' and the inclusion of the beginnings of the progressive movement...The cast is made up of bold, brassy actors, perfectly suited to a period piece." Full Review
"The play takes us back to the early years of the 20th century and styles itself like a silent movie (though with talking). Quick scenes are separated by actors who parade the time and place of the next scene on a board. The style is wittily carried out–it’s fun...The performers, most of whom take on multiple rolls, are polished, talented, witty, and brightly paced by the director Shana Solomon...The play is provocative but doesn’t clarify anything about the bank." Full Review
"Though it is well written by Jerry Polner, skillfully directed by Shana Solomon and performed by a talented group of actors, it is too much of a good thing...The audience has a feeling it is being prepped for a mid-term exam...Fortunately, despite this, the show fulfills its designated category of romantic comedy...There is so much good to be said for the production of 'Like Money in the Bank' that one can only wish it hadn’t taken on quite so much history." Full Review
"With a tinge of theatrical storytelling and just a series of madcap conversations, 'Like Money in the Bank' has the makings of an important and relevant piece but sadly comes across as too teachy and preachy and just plain ol’ plain. Polner knows his history. His dialogue reads like a textbook rather than a character-driven play. And his characters suffer for it. As does his plot...Director Shana Solomon’s approach was like a generic comedy. There was no flash or panache." Full Review
See it if you're wicked smart. You don't have to be an economist, but it helps. Actually made economic theory entertaining. Outstanding performances.
Don't see it if topic too deeply intellectual for the average audience. Post-show symposium was almost as entertaining (Prof.Livingston) & clarified a lot.
See it if watching a fictionalized and condensed version of historical/economic development is appealing to you. Very clever and amusing show.
Don't see it if lack of production values are not your thing. Characters play multiple parts and the show might feel like an educational cartoon to you.
See it if You don't mind seeing a show that is not the best, but it's cute and you won't have to do any real thinking. Just sit back and relax.
Don't see it if You want a thought-provoking play with some real substance.
See it if You appreciate theatre made on a budget. These guys did a pretty good job with a tiny space and the bare minimum. Lead actor was phenomenal!
Don't see it if You are easily bored, or bad accents make you twitch. Some interesting history etc, and some fun moments, but also some dull periods.
See it if If you were a fan of those School House Rock segments..( ex: "How a Bill becomes a Law")-though this is NOT nearly as clever or entertaining
Don't see it if Unless you are dying to understand how the Federal Reserve Bank came to be in the early 1900's, reenacted in a low budg & teachy production.
See it if You enjoy dialogue driven and historical pieces. There is some humor to be found here.
Don't see it if If you're looking for a story. The scenes are clumsily held together. While scenes were somewhat amusing, as a whole it was a chore
See it if You promised someone in the cast - they did well with poor directing and bad writing. You like cliche-unnecessary-shoehorned in "romance."
Don't see it if You can't stand arguments - every scene is a rapid-fire repetitive argument, the writer jammed in 2+ hours of facts in 90 min of fighting.
See it if Heavy exposition. Felt like a HS project where students had to present their knowledge of the Progressive Movement. I wanted to leave. Sorry
Don't see it if Story lines written for porn are more compelling than this attempt to force a romance inside a lecture about the Fed Reserve Bank.
See it if You are really into the financial of America, and don't mind bad acting or stupid jokes. See it if you'll see anything.
Don't see it if You enjoy good acting, smart humor, and original content. A boring, lame show.
See it if you are interested in history presented in an easy-to-digest manner, and are not bored by intelligent dialogue about economics and labor.
Don't see it if you hate history, can't comprehend principles of economics, and want to be mindlessly entertained.
See it if You like history plays. This is the rare history play that is a comedy -- though the comedy tends to be a bit dry and academic.
Don't see it if You like mindless entertainment. This is theater for and by intelligent folks.
See it if You enjoy plays that tell a story about an historic event in American history.The actors are refreshingly enthusiastic and casting is fine.
Don't see it if You don't like plays that are based on American history and have a didactic style. This is not a B'way perfectly polished play . Think small
See it if You want to support the competent actors featured in the show who try their darned best to be funny, larger than life and in the moment.
Don't see it if You don't find this particular period in American history interesting and you are not into dialogue-dependent plays.
See it if you like old school agitprop plays, you're interested in learning about the history/formation of the Federal Reserve Bank, you like improv
Don't see it if you want a play with good writing, compelling characters/relationships. The actors try their best, but the material is clunky & falls flat
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