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Laura Bush Killed a Guy

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Slow

About the show

An alternately silly and surreal solo-comedy about Laura Bush that looks to shine light on the intersection of fact and fiction. More…

Laura Bush is an enigma wrapped in another enigma. She’s shy, beautiful, bookish, and in 1963, she blew through a stop sign and killed a guy. It was probably just an accident. Or maybe, just maybe…it was murder. Join Mrs. Bush for this evening of real-life reminiscences: of her childhood in Texas (all lies!), of her marriage to George W. Bush (a sham!), and of their rapid ascent to the very pinnacle of world power (an abomination!).



Member Reviews (10)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Slow
82
Avg Score

88
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You don’t mind being reminded of just how horrid W’s reign of terror really was. Behind every awful man there’s usually an awful woman.

Don't see it if You just can’t take anymore politics. This is clever and a charming way of looking at where we are now but it still makes you look at now.

79
Great acting, Funny, Slow, Clever, Resonant

See it if Quirky deconstruction of the Laura Bush enigma Black humor mixes w/poignant insights Hodsell funny & droll as Laura. Oh......and that murder

Don't see it if Deconstruction takes getting used to as does time travel motif but Hodsell is able guide Drama turns into a paean to love & commitment A gem

73
Why a play about laura bush? though fine impersonation in 1-person show, focus on her involvement in killing doesn't add much

See it if 3 different alts why car accident/killing took place/shows how history's malleable; good picture '60s Texas ; LB’s cookies 4 audience, yum!

Don't see it if not link killing 2 LB’s identity; LB so restrained, disinterested in inner life limits dramatic possibilities; nothing new on "W"/presidency

91
Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You need a good time, funny, poignant, memorable

Don't see it if You’re in such a morass over our current White House residents that even a great performance couldn’t help.

87
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you would like to know more about Laura Bush, like dark comedy and very subtle satire. An amazing performance.

Don't see it if if you want a cartoonish SNL-like sketch comedy version of Laura Bush. This is very smart and cynical.

Also This is an unusual show that walks a fine line between bio play, satir... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you need a good laugh (or several). You want to see a GREAT performance by Lisa Hodsoll.

Don't see it if you are offended by the lambasting of politics/a former first lady and president.

73
Good acting, Needed editing

See it if you want to support repertory theater, their playwrights , & actors

Don't see it if Not feeling well

Also I think my physical discomfort clouded my judgement of this effort

74
Funny, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are interested in Laura Bush or are just up for a kinda weird night that will make you laugh and feel odd about caring about Laura Bush

Don't see it if you have a very small attention span, if you aren't a bit adventurous and up for something interesting, unexpected, and bizarre.

During previews
77
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You get the most delicious Cowboy Cookies using Laura Bush’s actual award-winning recipe and they are free! You also get a marvelous actress

Don't see it if You find sitting on hard-seat folding chairs for 85 minutes is close to torture.

Also as Laura Bush, with a great sense of humor telling you her life story ... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Intimate setting..very funny, poignant and entertaining performance. Free tasty chocolate cookies.

Don't see it if You do not like large comfortable seats. Probably 30 folding chairs in a semi circle.


July 1st, 2018
“Sneakily engaging solo play...A nicely understated Lisa Hodsoll...A big issue is that while Allen brings up several of the events that punctuated the Bush administration...he struggles to connect the private and public spheres. The Bushes are also presented as being pretty much ideology-free, wh...
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June 21st, 2018
"Although she looks more like a young Cokie Roberts than Laura Bush, Hodsoll eerily conjures the political wife poise and Southern sweetness of the first lady we never really knew...Allen seems to want to say something about the blurry line between fact and fiction, and how lies twist and multipl...
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June 26th, 2018
“Hodsoll is phenomenal as former First Lady Laura Bush in Allen’s kaleidoscopic solo play...For 95 mesmerizing minutes, Hodsoll gives a smashing performance that transcends mere impersonation or campy replication. Looking and sounding like Mrs. Bush, with her twinkling eyes and beaming presence, ...
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July 4th, 2018
“While not as hard-hitting as it could be, this satire about former First Lady Laura Bush features a hilarious script from Ian Allen and an appealing performance from Lisa Hodsoll...Light on political commentary and analysis...Hodsoll is immensely appealing as Laura Bush...Her performance transce...
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