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Transparent Falsehood

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Raunchy, Ambitious, Excruciating, Insipid

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.

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Member Reviews (39)


Disappointing, Raunchy, Ambitious, Excruciating, Insipid
Avg Score

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.

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.

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

Great staging, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Raunchy

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.

Banal, Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating

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.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky

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!!


Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

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

Quirky, Raunchy

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

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Insipid

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

Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy

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

Funny, Raunchy, Clever

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.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Refreshing, Hilarious, Edgy

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

Don't see it if You are closed minded.

Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Edgy, Great staging

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.

Edgy, Relevant

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

Exquisite, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like raunchy smart jokes

Don't see it if You still believe Trump

Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Edgy, Quirky

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.

Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Epic, Raunchy

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.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Hilarious, Edgy, Raunchy

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

Don't see it if If you love Trump

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Insipid

See it if You want to be BORED!!

Don't see it if Unless there’s a major rewrite and it becomes funny, It has a deep well of to chose from and a good cast but the play today is dreadful

During previews
It was produced, Over 50 people witnessed it, Laughs were sparse, Cast & director struggled to find humor, Hapless attack on meaning

See it if fan of Gil Kolman or Richard Caliban, haven't seen show at Ars Nova's lovely space, want to analyze how this show could be better

Don't see it if no interest in satire of Trump, don't want to think about why the script and the production aren't better

During previews
Bad lead casting, Unfunny farce, Boring, Amateurish, Not insightful satire

See it if you dislike Trump, like very silly, sophomoric humor, can "put up" with bad casting of the lead and very "spotty" laughs.

Don't see it if like Trump, at least a minimum of nuanced, humor, and gaining some insights into something.

Also I'm anti-Trump and found this anti-Trump play very disappointing.

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You want to see poorly written play.first act was so so but then it go so confusing,didnt understand where it was leading.Feel bad for actor

Don't see it if You value your time.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

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
Ambitious, Great acting, Long, Relevant, Raunchy

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
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Raunchy

See it if You don't like Trump and want to see him bashed yet again. However, the actors weren't bad.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that has any redeeming factors to it.

During previews
Paid $9 to see it--would pay $900 not to see it again!, How can a 2 hour satire of trump not have a single funny joke?, Worthless!

See it if you are a masochist

Don't see it if you value your time

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 on...
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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 ...
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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 fa...
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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 aggre...
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