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Transparent Falsehood

From 4 critic and 39 member reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Raunchy, Excruciating, Ambitious, Funny

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. More…

Imagine flipping wildly through the channels of Trump's life as if it were a crazy reality show. One minute he's putting Barron to bed, reading him from his favorite book 'The Art of the Deal.' Next, we get a behind the scenes look as Trump makes love to Melania while getting ready to perform his HBO special, 'Without Precedent.' Flip again and you have an impromptu meeting with Steve Bannon in the men's room; or a seder with Ivanka and Jared at Mar-a-Lago; not to mention a touching reunion with his dead dad in full KKK regalia. The invented scenarios are simultaneously sad, comic, and absurd, but most of all, surprisingly relatable. By filtering out the political noise and static, 'Transparent Falsehood' aims to distill Trump to some distinct essence, something that can be better understood if not contained.

Already closed | Theater 511 (Midtown W)

Boy Culture

“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.” Full Review


“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.” Full Review

The Reviews Hub

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if If you like or hate everything (Donald DRUMPF-REAL LAST NAME). THE BEST PART THAT MADE YOU GASP & THINK WAS THE VERY END!! OMG!!


Clever, Raunchy, Funny

See it if You are opened minded. Not a Trump supporter.

Don't see it if You are easily offended with sexual undertones. Trump supporter.

Uneven, Ambitious, Redundant, Clever, Relevant

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.

Also It wasn’t easy for me to know how to score this. I think the writing i... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you like political satire

Don't see it if you still love trump and do not want to see him being ridiculed. Also, actors are good, but don't expect to see lookalikes or impersonation

Also We thought it would be funnier than it was. We liked it, but didn't lo... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Great staging

See it if you have nothing better to do, and want to see every anti-trump play that exists. Only thing funny in this show is the chandelier.

Don't see it if you value your time. I feel bad for the actors, since the script is not funny.

Excruciating, Disappointing, Ambitious, Banal

See it if The show needs to be slicker in its story with Trump being such an easy target. The jokes & clever observations are neither funny nor clever

Don't see it if The cast is trying to elevate the mediocre material but it seems like an uphill battle with no successful outcome.

Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you don't have a life

Don't see it if either the left or right hemisphere of your brain is functioning

Insipid, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if If you have very low standards for political satire

Don't see it if If you expect some good insights from a show

Also Many of the jokes reflect Trump circa summer '17 and are noticeably ou... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if I can’t think of even one reason anyone would like this show

Don't see it if You love theater(of any venue, be it serious or musical) You count your time as valuable

Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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.

Edgy, Hilarious, Refreshing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see the familiar in a new light. Especially Trump

Don't see it if You are closed minded.

Quirky, Edgy, Hilarious, Great writing, Funny

See it if You want something different and out there. Very edgy.

Don't see it if You want to see stuff you're used to.

Raunchy, Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Clever

See it if You want to see theater that is provocative and edgy.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and like respectable shows.

Raunchy, Edgy, Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want engaging satire. funny, creative theater

Don't see it if If you love Trump

Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if You like raunchy smart jokes

Don't see it if You still believe Trump

Great staging, Edgy, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see things in a new way for something that's been over exposed. Also some great laughs.

Don't see it if You want theater that is straight forwardly polemic.

Relevant, Edgy

See it if Sharp political satire of Trump & his clan. Intense, funny & imaginative probe of inner lives beneath the headlines. Theatrical & Edgy.

Don't see it if if you don't like satire or you are literal.

Also small, immediate theater

During previews
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You need a good laugh and did not vote for Trump.

Don't see it if You voted for Trump and disagree with fact that he is not fit for the job.

During previews
Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you are fond of mediocre political comedy

Don't see it if If you plan to Make America Great Again

During previews
Why, oh why, oh trump

See it if There will never be an end to the mystery that is Trump. So it is good to keep chiseling away at this strange, sad man and this show helps.

Don't see it if You want a finished product; this is not. Some of it is just awful (and needs trimming badly). That said, some of it is simply wonderful.

Also A new Trump "event" by Gil Kofman at the Ars Nova space, always a deli... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if ... you like political satire and don't mind watching a performance by good actors some of whom have been miscast for their parts.

Don't see it if ... if you expect to see actors who look and sound like the characters they're impersonating.

During previews
Slow, Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you like very small theaters

Don't see it if object to raunchy humor

During previews
Raunchy, Relevant, Long, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you love theater and want to try off Broadway, are visiting from out of town, and he is still your president.

Don't see it if you can't leave MSNBC and the late night pundit laughter to focus on the strange reality of the folks running ? the country.

During previews
Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You have no fond love for President Trump. The show has some hilarious moments.

Don't see it if If you are a Trump supporter.

During previews
Relevant, Edgy, Slow, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if you don't like Trump and would enjoy any form of ridicule aimed at him

Don't see it if you like Trump, are easily offended, and/or want a show that is laugh-out-loud funny.

Also I was excited to see this play, but I left the show disappointed. Ther... Read more Read less

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