Members say: Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent

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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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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!).




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85
DC Metro Theater Arts

"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." Full Review

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Theatermania

"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." Full Review

90
DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production "A darkly hilarious, and at times deeply touching, imagining of the private woman behind the public figure of the former First Lady...The script fluctuates seamlessly, and to great comic effect, between the definitely true, the absolutely fictional, and the well, to be honest, I don’t know if it’s true or not...With a spot-on Southern accent, graceful poise, and a commanding presence, Hodsoll convincingly embodies both the public Mrs. Bush we know and Allen’s sassier fictional version." Full Review

85
DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "And, as portrayed by Lisa Hodsoll, this Laura Bush should not be missed. She’s funny, she’s demented, she’s deeply devoted, and she’s downright sympathetic...As directed by John Vreeke, 'Laura Bush Killed a Guy' mysteriously transforms the rather mysterious, invisible Laura Bush, first, into a murderer of a young, high school sweetheart who had cheated on her with a friend before, finally, turning her into a First Lady we can all respect and admire. Don’t ask me how." Full Review

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BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "A fuller picture of the reticent former First Lady appears, as a teen in Midland who liked to drink and smoke but also read...Allen's manuscript, full of blackout scenes, could be tightened a bit. He's managed to find a lot of entertaining Bush family stories to share, including the origins of their nicknames. And one certainly gets a fuller picture of Laura Bush than one ever got willingly from her...Hodsoll is a wonder throughout, though - smiling and incisive and shedding a tear at 9/11." Full Review

65
The Washington Post

for a previous production "While some portions of this one-woman show register as delectably wicked satire, other parts are more naturalistic and wistful in tone, making for a concoction that’s less choice pastry than uneasy stew...The play obviously intends to disorient audiences and blur the line between fact and fiction, but it doesn’t accomplish these goals in a revelatory manner. Still, Hodsoll’s performance is to relish." Full Review


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

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During previews
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

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.

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During previews
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

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


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