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Like Money in the Bank

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Original, Great acting, Entertaining

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (22)


Funny, Clever, Original, Great acting, Entertaining

Dated, Funny, Great acting

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.

Reminded me a little of those "school house rock" segments that used to be on tv between cartoons, and explained elements of government

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.

Ambitious, Banal, Clever, Funny, Slow

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

Lead actor was great, Funny, Some stand-out moments, Historical, Great writing

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.

Clever, Dated, Original

See it if You enjoy America's finance history or simple old school shows

Don't see it if You are interested in extravagant sets and moving parts. Or if you find it hard to follow actors playing multiple characters

During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Quirky, Funny, Disappointing

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

During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

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.

April 15th, 2016
"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 r...
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April 14th, 2016
"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 tak...
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April 14th, 2016
"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...
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April 19th, 2016
"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 ...
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