“The cat-and-mouse dialogue is witty, but what is most interesting is not knowing who is the cat and who is the mouse in each scene...It is unclear why George keeps showing up at Les's home and continues accepting his money despite his unpredictable threats and narcissistic behavior. The plot then takes a downward turn...The performances of both Bouillion and Seward are strong, the direction by Alessandra Affinito is well-executed...For those looking for political drama, it's a good choice.” Full Review
“Some of the jokes land nicely, especially the pop-culture references, and Bouillion handles his millennial-Mamet dialogue well. But Leslie’s rashness and aggression seem weakly motivated…‘The Princemaker’ has an interesting premise that would benefit from greater psychological depth. For now, at least, it doesn’t get my vote.” Full Review
"'The Princemaker' offers characters that come across as surprisingly one-note, a fault accredited to both text and actor...In this 'House of Cards' fan fiction, it feels like the playwright has tried to turn a thesis into a play, armed with theory from Machiavelli to Kantorowicz...Les was either too transparent, too unclear, or too much the archetypal villain for me to want to watch his self-serving plot unfold." Full Review
See it if you share the show's jaded viewpoint on American politics and want some smug satisfaction that everyone's awful.
Don't see it if you have high hopes for laughs or commentary. It's caustic but only sporadically funny. It criticizes politics without offering suggestions.
See it if you want to see a show/concept that is relevant to the current political atmosphere (and have a tolerance for uncomfortable theaters).
Don't see it if you get overheated easily. No A/C in the building and a lot of bodies packed into a small space. Also if you're not interested in politics.
See it if You like thought-provoking dialogue that keeps you wondering what the characters will do in the end. Great 2-man play that is entertaining!
Don't see it if You need music and songs....
See it if You want to be on the edge of your seat for the entire show thinking " I did not see that coming".
Don't see it if You want singing, dancing, comedy and have no interest in politics.