Laura Bush Killed a Guy
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Laura Bush Killed a Guy
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Laura Bush Killed a Guy NYC Reviews and Tickets

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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.

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945 Reviews | 387 Followers
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.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
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

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
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

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
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.

JR
128 Reviews | 22 Followers
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. Read more

26 Reviews | 4 Followers
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 Read more

23 Reviews | 10 Followers
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.

15 Reviews | 4 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
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, which was not the case...But then deep down 'Laura Bush Killed a Guy' is not a political satire but a romantic comedy about mutual redemption."
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Theatermania
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 multiply in the kaleidoscope of the Internet. Unfortunately, it never expresses a particularly clear perspective on that phenomenon...Most damningly, this comedy is just not that funny."
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TheaterScene.net
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, Hodsoll’s characterization is a dazzling amalgam of comedy, emotion and depth...A stimulating presentation on every level...A fascinating and provocative entertainment.”
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Theatre is Easy
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 transcends mere satire or impersonation...As the show goes on, it gains momentum...Offers an opportunity to take a break from our current frustrations and laugh at our political past.”
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Front Row Center
June 22nd, 2018

“This show is so well written. Hodsoll appears often to be utterly spontaneous and she does deftly improvise a few times in the show because she can — her tool box matches the brilliance of her author’s, especially when responding genuinely to audience reactions in this intimate space — but upon examining the script, I saw that many of the real juicy vulnerable moments I felt penetrate my skin were the result of just damn good writing. You have to see this show.”
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Stage Buddy
June 28th, 2018

"A fascinating show, with minimalist materials other than the subject's life story...Directed by John Vreeke, this 85-minute one-woman show reveals sides to Mrs Bush that were rarely glimpsed in the media. She is charming yet snarky, likening circa-1993 Hilary Clinton to Benjamin Franklin, admitting to her love of smoking...Whatever your politics, you will learn a lot about our former FLOTUS, and the hardships and triumphs she has faced."
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New York Theater
July 8th, 2018

"Turns out to be something of a stealth enterprise, generating sympathy for a woman who is presented as more complex than the public perception of her. At its best, Ian Allen’s play challenged me to think about my own political perceptions...There is some politics in 'Laura Bush Killed A Guy,' although little of it persuasive...More convincing are Laura’s sometimes poignant and pointed accounts of the toll that public life takes on any expectation of privacy."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
June 21st, 2018

"Keenly written...Under John Vreeke’s astutely understated direction, the uncanny Lisa Hodsoll once again stars...Everything about her and her brilliantly-controlled portrayal screams white privilege...The Klunch’s provocative production of 'Laura Bush Killed a Guy' at The Flea will have you laughing out loud, then shaking your head and gritting your teeth at its mock nostalgia for the ‘good old days’ of the Bush years."
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