Part of FringeNYC: Mike Schlitt wants to restore your faith in American Democracy. He claims he can do it in 47 minutes. Come celebrate American exceptionalism and limited attention spans, then activate your citizenship - join the "Raucous Caucus". Art! Advocacy! Action! (+ puppets)Read more Show less
See it if interested in light discussion about democracy, with audience participation, cutesy interruptions and the occasional use of dolls
Don't see it if you might be critical of a somewhat unfocused event where after a few questions the speaker assumes he made a dent in your perception.
See it if You like combining history lessons with entertaining storytelling
Don't see it if You are hoping for a straightforward plot or any type of traditional theatre.
"A cheerfully intelligent solo piece...A natural storyteller with an abundance of wit and energy, the writer-performer has a knack for making the past feel up-to-date. In Schlitt’s hands, arguments about civil rights and liberties become engagingly noisy debates. Emphasizing that politics should not be a 'spectator sport,' Schlitt makes his show a dialogue with the audience, encouraging discussions about the themes as they come up. He clearly loves his subject, and is eager to share that love."
"Schlitt has an extraordinary sense for straddling the line between genuine connection and performativity. The audience cares about him, and it’s clear he cares about us...The show establishes an open conversation between audience and performer, patriot and government…I went into this show anticipating answers, but what Schlitt's show does, what all good theatre does, is teach me how to ask questions better."
"A natural raconteur, he chats with the audience about the great American patriots of yesteryear...Two founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, get the lion's share of attention here. But Schlitt never gets too pedantic or stuffy about their contrasting philosophies…It might be too politically saturated for some theatergoers. But Schlitt hands everybody a 'Patriot' button at the finale, which can be your perfect reminder to vote on Election Day."