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Trump Lear

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

About the show

From the team behind 'David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet' comes this new Shakespeare-inspired solo show, with Carl forced to play Drumpf as King Lear—for Drumpf himself! More…

Actor and impersonator David Carl is being held without bail for performing his Trumpian version of 'King Lear.' Now he's forced to do his 'Lear' as the President watches remotely online. The stakes are high: If Drumpf likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through this performance without offending his one audience member?

Member Reviews (22)


Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant
Avg Score

Strong premise, Uneven material, Showcase for impersonations, Sophomoric humor, Edgy

See it if you're ok w/1-note skit. How many times can you say "bigly"? Not much Shakespeare here; some good impressions. Cool premise; tiny theater.

Don't see it if you dislike gross-out humor (food inhaled) or red-herrings (wh happened to sister?) Secret boxes were fun. Trump as "nothing" was insightful

Also I wanted to like this play (even tho theater smells moldy and was over... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great acting, Resonant, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if Less about Shakespeare's Lear than David's reaction to Trump presidency Dense, meta-ironic writing jars psychological portraits of the men

Don't see it if Density of writing & references can confuse & disorient Can ramble & borders on sophomoric at times David captivtes when script doesn't

Crass, Overly loud, Excruciating at times, Great premise unrealized, Disappointing

See it if you like anything that makes fun of Trump. You enjoy crass, juvenile humor & won't mind being screamed at for most of an hour.

Don't see it if you'll be bored by a single joke stretched out to an entire show. You expect Carl's usually excellent impersonations; his Trump is overdone.

Also Mr. Carl's Trump impersonation largely misses the mark. It's not convi... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like any take off on Shakespeare. One man show. Interesting and unusual. Take off on King Lear. different and unusual. Funny.

Don't see it if don't have a sense of humor, don't like an adaptation, take off on King Lear. makes fun of trump so if you are a fan of trump - don't go.

Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Prescient, Frightening

See it if You like excellent solo shows, pointed political commentary, well-drawn satire. In these times, you wonder if it's a vision of the future.

Don't see it if You think Donald Trump is doing a good job.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if If you have seen David Carl do Donald Trump or Gary Busey, you will really enjoy the show. He's a master impressionist.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show that has anything to do with Trump, don't like satire or dislike Shakespeare.

Energetic, Great writing, Searingly funny, Affordable

See it if Great script, animated acting by a talented mimic/actor. Poor Mr Carl, having to do 3 Bushs/P45 several times/wk must do damage to his soul

Don't see it if if you voted for P45 (pretender NOT president) #45. Better yet, DO see it if you voted for him & learn the error of your ways.

Disappointing, Raunchy, Excruciating, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You're a fan of Carl or Buseys Hamlet. Funny. Great impersonations. Solid performer.

Don't see it if This feels a little recycled. It seems offensive for offense sakes and gets self indulgent. Its more suited for funny or die or snl.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you went to the woman's march, call or email your congressmen or want to be able to laugh at our current state of affairs.

Don't see it if you think the GOP is doing a great job.

Also One man shows are hard to pull off, and he does a great job. But by th... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful, Relevant

See it if You appreciate a skilled and unique comic voice. Huge fun! Joyously performed!

Don't see it if You’re an idiot!

Clever, Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you like performances with lots of layers.

Don't see it if you go to theater to get away from politics

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Relevant, Funny

See it if you can tolerate seeing more of the orange one, this time as an insane leader (too on the nose right).

Don't see it if you are triggered every time the orange Julius Ceasar is mentioned.

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want to see a unique, intelligent, very funny, multi-faceted but accessible performance that speaks to current events.

Don't see it if're a Trump supporter. Actually, please DO see it if you are a Trump supporter...if you're grossed out by someone eating ketchup.

Clever, Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like to laugh and enjoy watching clever, talented actors.

Don't see it if You need your shows to be tired old boring slogs.

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if You like Shakespeare with a twist. If you have never seen David Carl perform, he will knock your socks off.

Don't see it if You are a Trump fan or a Shakespeare purist.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of David. Then take a friend to show how awesome David Carl is.

Don't see it if You love hate NFL players kneeling.

During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Shakespeare, or if you're foe of Trump, or if you enjoy witnessing a hilarious, ace performer pulling out all the stops.

Don't see it if you love Trump or don't enjoy Shakespeare.

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You love smart comedy, great impressions and Shakespeare!

Don't see it if You don't love a high energy, inspired single person performance!

During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Prophetic

See it if See it if you care. Either about the arts, or the artists.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are expecting Shakespeare's complete text.

During previews
Hilarious, Intense

See it if You love Shakespeare put through a blender of farce, contemporary dystopia, and Joey Chestnut.

Don't see it if You take your Shakespeare traditional, and only that way.

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to see something totally original and hilarious

Don't see it if You are a trump fan...or maybe you should see it if you're a trump fan...

During previews
Clever, Edgy, Epic, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You like bizarre, goofy dystopian comedies spoofing Trump, using Shakespeare (An extensive knowledge of King Lear not required)

Don't see it if You like Trump

July 16th, 2017
"'Trump Lear' turns out to be a gem, a brilliant gem with many facets that shine an intensely comic light on Trump. It's a brutally honest x-ray as only a comedy can be, a sardonic, scary, funny take on Donald Trump as seen through the eyes of a victimized playwright/performer who is - shades of ...
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July 15th, 2017
"Although it doesn’t detract from the abundant laughs, if you aren’t up on your 'King Lear,' you may find the plot of Shakespeare’s play, such as it is here, a little hard to follow. Carl’s pace, which is brisk, could stand to be slowed down a little...Michole Biancosino is adept at keeping the e...
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October 11th, 2017
“Pitted against himself with a slim chance of saving his own life. David Carl must perform his one-man ‘King Lear’ for a tyrant Trump under bright interrogation lights. Trump also breaks for commercials which simply portray him as the richest, smartest man alive. David has captured lightning in a...
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September 5th, 2017
"'Trump Lear' is definitely something that will make you laugh, but if you’re looking for it to take your mind off the state of the Administration, it won’t...It is both an interesting take on a Shakespeare classic and a comical perspective on our current political atmosphere...This isn’t a groun...
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