La MaMa presents the premiere of playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie's drama about a white authoritarian evangelical family, with a father eerily like the occupant of today's White House. NYC Opera sensation Lauren Flanigan stars. More…
The family lives out its excruciating and abusive confusion of real and virtual on an ancient, dream-like, falling-apart ship of false notions. Filled with rage, despair, and denial, exploited by politicians, preachers, and commercial corporations, the family careens toward catastrophe but also cathartic change.
See it if Cant think of much to say good. Flannagans voice is too big for this small space. If you like experimental theater.
Don't see it if You like good theater or a plot that makes any sense. Production tries to be edgy but fails miserably.
See it if you want to see an earnest & impassioned protest play that takes aim at a Trumpian autocrat & his family (but mostly misses the mark).
Don't see it if you're not interested in experimental theatre; you are hoping for a biting, effective satire/skewering of our current First Family.
See it if you'd like to experience the great soprano Lauren Flanigan performing a song at full volume in a small space.
Don't see it if you are expecting the playwright to deliver a play in the same league as his early off-off Broadway classics.
See it if you're compelled by a former opera star who doesn't sing except a gratingly loud version of God Bless America at the end.
Don't see it if you need polished performances or a plot that has a point. The three young actors work hard to salvage nonsensical material.
See it if You're interested in an experimental play with trumpian overtones. While not always clear, it was quite engrossing.
Don't see it if You can't tolerate experimental theatre and need a clear plot. This is unusual but powerful.
See it if You want to see what Jean-Claude van Itallie is up to these days and you'd like to hear a bona fide opera singer in a PC anti-Trump piece.
Don't see it if You remember creativity of Van Itallie in his prime. I do and was hoping to see a glimmer of his genius; unfortunately this effort failed.
See it if You enjoy nonlinear plays with at times creepy scenes and where nothing is off limits. Ending isn’t bad but a little confusing.
Don't see it if You enjoy great theater, linear plots or prefer musicals.
See it if you are a friend of one of the actors.
Don't see it if You don't like rants against our ranter in chief, declaimed without subtlety, humanity, humor (except for the "flaming gay" shtick).
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See it if You enjoy avant- garde, non linear, quirky of of of Broadway original theatre with terrific actors.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy off beat, metaphorical, political theatre with cursing.