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Of Government

Members say: Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Refreshing, Thought-provoking
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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6 reviews
 

As part of its Summerworks series, Clubbed Thumb presents this new play about the adventures of Barb the Teacher, Deb the Seeker, Heidi the Helper, Tawny the Addict, and a host of others. With songs!

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Presented by Miss Marjorie Blain, her students, and members of the community. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

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The New York Times

"‘Of Government’ has the appeal of one of those wayward trips to nowhere people find themselves craving when the weather turns warm, preferably in an open convertible at lazy speeds. You sit back as the scenery changes, sometimes quite unexpectedly, and get to meet a whole lot of interesting strangers along the way — in this case, what is surely the most likably idiosyncratic assortment of women gathered on a New York stage." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"If ever a political play were huggable, this would be it...Borinsky can write like blazes—and he likes to prove it—so amidst the forest of naturalistic dialogue, huge gouts of monologue suddenly rear up...All this hilarity does not disguise the fury at the show's core...Everything that goes wrong in 'Of Government' can be traced to some systemic failure, some way in which the U.S. fails its people." Full Review

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88
Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

See it if Enjoy terrific performances by a wide range of women in a fun and quirky new script.

Don't see it if You don't have an open mind or aren't interested in seeing the world through the eyes of eccentric characters.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Resonant, Hilarious

See it if you're game for a giddy constellation of elliptical, hilarious, ruminative riffs on why governance is both necessary & a problem

Don't see it if you need to immediately understand how all the pieces fit together; if you don't want to see an extraordinary ensemble of actors at work

85
Funny, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You are in the pocket of surprise, wonder, quality acting, creativity, surprise, did I say surprise?, and in general Clubbed Thumb.

Don't see it if You like your theater to grind forward steadily from beginning to end with out diversion.

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Clever, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You like out-of-the-box theatre. This is done revue-style, and is deliciously meandering.

Don't see it if You prefer linear narratives.

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81
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You like your theatre quirky, unusual and with the piano played by your favourite primary school teacher.

Don't see it if You don't like venturing of the beaten track, both allegorically and literally.

81
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You like the plays of Annie baker. You like watching great actors doing something a little different. It has an interesting bite

Don't see it if You have a vanilla taste palate.