Transparent Falsehood
Midtown W
48

Transparent Falsehood NYC Reviews and Tickets

48%
(39 Reviews)
Positive
36%
Mixed
23%
Negative
41%
Members say
Disappointing, Excruciating, Raunchy, Ambitious, Banal

About the Show

This world premiere comedy offers an up-close, creepily absurd behind-the-scenes look into Trump's daily life. Never before seen outtakes invented from a sad overblown life.

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Member Reviews (39)

10
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if If you have not had enough attacks on the president and enjoy horrible, not even funny humor.

Don't see it if If you like anything that resembles theater. Ensemble was not bad, story, humor was terrible.

68
Relevant, Clever, Redundant, Ambitious, Uneven

See it if you would like to see a sometimes sharp take on Donald Trump that tries to explain him by probing his relationships with family members.

Don't see it if you are too tired of Donald Trump to endure sitting through a play about him. Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

May 10th, 2018

"Playwright Gil Kofman offers a series of muddled extended sketch comedy scenes mixed with an attempt at psychological insights that cumulatively falls flat. Mr. Kofman has a command of the facts and has a sense of structure but his execution is virtually unfunny, often breathtakingly so...The one bright spot is the 15-minute segment 'Without Precedent.' It’s the highlight of Ezra Barnes’ terrific performance as Trump...As skilled as Barnes is, he isn’t able redeem the other 80 minutes."
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May 4th, 2018

“Parts of the show hit a nerve, parts are laugh-out-loud funny. But too much of it lapses into tedium, notwithstanding powerful seriocomic performances and sharp technical production...All the onstage talent in the West Wing can’t make saggy material taut. The scenes suffer from the same problem that have afflicted so much of the sketch comedy of SNL...not knowing how to focus or when to stop...A smart idea sharply staged and well played...But more often than not it misses the clarity it seeks.”
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May 7th, 2018

"The superficial comedy well is deep. However, the deeper comedy of successful satire that allows for the exposing of new and insightful truths is nowhere to be found...The ensemble does a fantastic job with the material, but the material itself needs work...If it’s intended to be lighthearted fare that simply ridicules those in power by exaggerating their flaws and bad policies, it needs to lean farther in that direction and develop clarity around who is being ridiculed in the first place."
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May 4th, 2018

“Kofman's apocalyptic biography of Drumpf...Barnes is nothing like Drumpf, yet over time, his line readings feel more and more familiar, until his impersonation feels effortlessly right...Not for everyone — it's not even for all Drumpf-hating New Yorkers...But it's a feat to produce such an aggressively twisted, avant-garde play...While it can be hard to decide whether the play is droning on or it's just about a man who drones on, it's rewarding if you're up for a black, black dose of reality.”
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