Already closed | 1h 20m | Midtown W

The Trial of an American President

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

About the show

Shelter Entertainment and Hello Larry present a dramatic mock trial of former U.S. President George W. Bush for war crimes—and audience members get to decide if he's guilty! More…

For the first time in history, an American President is on trial for crimes against the world. Will our 43rd President be found guilty of launching an illegal war that caused civilian deaths, spawned the growth of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and inspired the use of brutal torture? Or will he leave a free man? 'The Trial of an American President' takes you inside a heated courtroom, where George W. Bush defends himself as a jury selected from the audience determines his fate.

1h 20m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (29)


Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting
Avg Score

Interesting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if you can suspend disbelief on how he gets to the trial and concentrate on what happens there. Well done effort to display both sides.

Don't see it if you can't get past the initial premise.

Also Carlin is outstanding in speech and mannerisms but doesn't convey the ... Read more Read less

Clever, Relevant, Interesting, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if You are interested in politics. It's an interesting concept and it's well acted, points for cleverness.

Don't see it if Politics don't interest you, you aren't interested in a "what if?" scenario, or don't want to think about 9/11 and the events that followed

Original, Interesting, Thought-provoking

See it if you do not agree with the war in Iran and need a catharsis or you enjoy hypothetical political situations based on true events.

Don't see it if you are a fan of George W Bush (I felt it was mostly one-sided) or if the subjects of politics and war do not interest you.

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a biased and simplistic presentation of complex historical events. Would have been a great idea if a compelling debate was written

Don't see it if you are irritated by biased and simplistic presentation of historical events and characters. there is no argument made for or by Bush. Bore

Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Ambitious, Unique

See it if you'd like to see George W. Bush on trial for war crimes with a jury of audience members declaring a verdict. 8-1 guilty the night I went.

Don't see it if you can't stand the thought of an actor playing "W' trying to defend himself before the world court, along with videos of significant events

Ambitious, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you like small shows and politics.

Don't see it if you are bored easily.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You think that you a re going to see American history life!

Don't see it if You want to safe your money

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if Really well written and timely thesis that makes you think. 80 minutes flew by.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this

Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like recent Political Subjects

Don't see it if If you are not interested in Politics

Ambitious, Dizzying, Slow, Relevant, Cliched

See it if are interested in play about geo bush presidency and what would happen if he was put on trial years after gulf war

Don't see it if not a fan of political drama or interested in george bush

Great acting, Disappointing, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Good premise Excellent visuals

Don't see it if Could have been better

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Provocative ,absorbing ,involving theater. It made me think. Very well done. And it's a great question 'what if'?

Don't see it if If you don't want to think about history in those years

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Great acting interesting concept with Bush defending himself although when I went the verdict was guilty.

Don't see it if If you don't want to get upset with the war and even what is going on in today's political scene,

Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like history and politics. You are interested in the Bush years.

Don't see it if You like fast paced plays. You don't like politics.

Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Slow

See it if you're a political junkie who is well-versed in the Bush years, you like audience participation, you like talky shows

Don't see it if you aren't interested in politics, you need something zippy with a lot of plot, you can't handle discussion of war crimes

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a different viewpoint of a well know personality.

Don't see it if You don't like politics or you don't want to get another person's view of known facts.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You interested in being part of a tribunal to condemn the Bush/Chaney administration for war crimes....quite engaging

Don't see it if You believe that Bush/Chaney are innocent and/or you do not like political plays

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in history and hearing why a president may have made certain decisions and the impact a vice president actually has

Don't see it if you dont like politics

Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want an entertaining discussion after the show.

Don't see it if Could spend your money better elsewhere

During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Unbelievable, Nonsense

See it if You want to see a completely unbelievable scenario manipulated to try and somehow produce an unbiased trial.

Don't see it if unless you have an overwhelming urge to see George W Bush say and do things that he would never say or do.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting, Resonant

See it if You enjoy theatre based on historical events. You enjoy theatre that centers around politics and policy. I found this play riveting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a satire of the Bush Presidency. Listening to a recital of the Bush Era war crimes in a courtroom setting would disturb.

Also I think this is a brilliant and important new play. The playwright use... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing and riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Excellent performances from all three actors.

See it if You had strong opinions about the Bush presidency but are open to having your ideas challenged. It's a masterful drama that makes you think.

Don't see it if You would be bored watching a "mock" trial, don't want to consider another POV, can't face the horrors of the Iraq war, intense imagery.

Also This was a POWERFUL piece of theater. I was utterly surprised to find ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Educational, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You are interested in circumstances regarding the Iraq war, or in a generally well-acted but rather simplistic analysis of political events.

Don't see it if you feel uncomfortable questioning the decisions of George W. Bush, or if you dislike plays about politics or war.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you are open to reviewing and re-evaluating some very troubling activities related to war.

Don't see it if on days when you are totally fed up with politicians and deceit

Also This was a powerful show. They presented facts and feelings with all t... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Intimate, Interactive

See it if you like plays based in recent history & current events. If you like shows with a courtroom feel. 9 Members of the audience acts as jury.

Don't see it if you were a Bush supporter or staunch republican. The writer is a bit skewed toward guilt. Tony Carlin does a passable Bush impersonation.

September 29th, 2016
"It's a rather sleepy exercise in self-righteous indignation masquerading as an honest examination of one of America's greatest blunders...With a script so heavily weighted against Bush and an audience predisposed to abhor him, there is never any doubt that Bush will be convicted by a wide margin...
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October 12th, 2016
"If you're expecting that the point of staging this mock trial is to provide fresh insights into the disasters of the Bush Administration, you've come to the wrong place...That Tony Carlin isn't very effective as Bush is hardly his fault...Tarlow is unwilling to allow for the ambiguity or clash o...
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October 10th, 2016
“Trial is stacked against Bush from the get-go. The director, the author and probably the actor seem to have decided to make Bush full of twitches, nervous eye movements and religious fervor. Had Bush been portrayed as a stronger man who truly believed in what he did, the play might have ...
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September 30th, 2016
"A most interesting theatrical experiment...There is splendid use of technology, with voiceovers and videos...The play, by Dick Tarlow and Bill Smith, is so well crafted that arguments ensued after the last curtain call and the house lights were on. Heated exchanges among audience members, betwee...
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