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The Princemaker (FringeNYC)
East Village

The Princemaker (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(15 Reviews)
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Relevant, Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: It's an election year. Leslie Moore, a teenager with an unlimited bank account, finances the Presidential campaign of George Lee, a down-home congressman equally noble and naive. The Princemaker explores the politics of money and the money of politics.

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Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Original

See it if the basic premise is enough for you.

Don't see it if you prefer (for the main role) more than one-note acting and a logical approach to his Want; even insanity needs to be believable!

Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Original, Relevant

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.

Critic Reviews (3)

August 18th, 2016

“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.”
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August 21st, 2016

“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.”
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August 21st, 2016

"'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."
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