Ends Dec 02

Trump Lear

Members say: Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant
85
Critics
87
4 reviews
Members
84
19 reviews
 

From the team behind 'David Carl's Celebrity One-Man Hamlet' comes this new Shakespeare-inspired solo show, with Carl forced to play Trump as King Lear—for Trump himself!

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Actor and impersonator David Carl is being held without bail for performing his Trumpian version of 'King Lear.' Now he's forced to do his 'Lear' as the President watches remotely online. The stakes are high: If Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through this performance without offending his one audience member?

 

Cast & Creatives (5)


Reviews (23)

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87
Avg Score

85
Theatre is Easy

"Although it doesn’t detract from the abundant laughs, if you aren’t up on your 'King Lear,' you may find the plot of Shakespeare’s play, such as it is here, a little hard to follow. Carl’s pace, which is brisk, could stand to be slowed down a little...Michole Biancosino is adept at keeping the energy and craziness up without letting it spin into incomprehensible chaos...This wince-inducing, utterly engaging production is a very limited run." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"'Trump Lear' turns out to be a gem, a brilliant gem with many facets that shine an intensely comic light on Trump. It's a brutally honest x-ray as only a comedy can be, a sardonic, scary, funny take on Donald Trump as seen through the eyes of a victimized playwright/performer who is - shades of '1984!' - kidnapped and imprisoned for making fun of the President!" Full Review

88
Applause! Applause!

“Pitted against himself with a slim chance of saving his own life. David Carl must perform his one-man ‘King Lear’ for a tyrant Trump under bright interrogation lights. Trump also breaks for commercials which simply portray him as the richest, smartest man alive. David has captured lightning in a bottle with this brilliant comedy. Ultimately, you don't need to hate Donald Trump to enjoy the show. It's worth more than a few laughs for less than a few bucks.” Full Review

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Urban Matter

"'Trump Lear' is definitely something that will make you laugh, but if you’re looking for it to take your mind off the state of the Administration, it won’t...It is both an interesting take on a Shakespeare classic and a comical perspective on our current political atmosphere...This isn’t a groundbreaking performance, but it’s one that most will enjoy...If you want to see a show for entertainment’s sake, then consider taking yourself down to Under St Marks to see 'Trump Lear.'" Full Review

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84
Avg Score

79
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Less about Shakespeare's Lear than David's reaction to Trump presidency Dense, meta-ironic writing jars psychological portraits of the men

Don't see it if Density of writing & references can confuse & disorient Can ramble & borders on sophomoric at times David captivtes when script doesn't

65
Edgy, Uneven material, Strong premise, Showcase for impersonations, Sophomoric humor

See it if you're ok w/1-note skit. How many times can you say "bigly"? Not much Shakespeare here; some good impressions. Cool premise; tiny theater.

Don't see it if you dislike gross-out humor (food inhaled) or red-herrings (wh happened to sister?) Secret boxes were fun. Trump as "nothing" was insightful

Also I wanted to like this play (even tho theater smells moldy and was over... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like any take off on Shakespeare. One man show. Interesting and unusual. Take off on King Lear. different and unusual. Funny.

Don't see it if don't have a sense of humor, don't like an adaptation, take off on King Lear. makes fun of trump so if you are a fan of trump - don't go.

90
Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Frightening, Prescient

See it if You like excellent solo shows, pointed political commentary, well-drawn satire. In these times, you wonder if it's a vision of the future.

Don't see it if You think Donald Trump is doing a good job.

55
Great acting, Raunchy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You're a fan of Carl or Buseys Hamlet. Funny. Great impersonations. Solid performer.

Don't see it if This feels a little recycled. It seems offensive for offense sakes and gets self indulgent. Its more suited for funny or die or snl.

88
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if If you have seen David Carl do Donald Trump or Gary Busey, you will really enjoy the show. He's a master impressionist.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show that has anything to do with Trump, don't like satire or dislike Shakespeare.

78
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you like performances with lots of layers.

Don't see it if you go to theater to get away from politics

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if You appreciate a skilled and unique comic voice. Huge fun! Joyously performed!

Don't see it if You’re an idiot!

71
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you can tolerate seeing more of the orange one, this time as an insane leader (too on the nose right).

Don't see it if you are triggered every time the orange Julius Ceasar is mentioned.

100
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like to laugh and enjoy watching clever, talented actors.

Don't see it if You need your shows to be tired old boring slogs.

95
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of David. Then take a friend to show how awesome David Carl is.

Don't see it if You love hate NFL players kneeling.

95
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a unique, intelligent, very funny, multi-faceted but accessible performance that speaks to current events.

Don't see it if ...you're a Trump supporter. Actually, please DO see it if you are a Trump supporter...if you're grossed out by someone eating ketchup.

95
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if You like Shakespeare with a twist. If you have never seen David Carl perform, he will knock your socks off.

Don't see it if You are a Trump fan or a Shakespeare purist.

90
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Shakespeare, or if you're foe of Trump, or if you enjoy witnessing a hilarious, ace performer pulling out all the stops.

Don't see it if you love Trump or don't enjoy Shakespeare.

100
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You love smart comedy, great impressions and Shakespeare!

Don't see it if You don't love a high energy, inspired single person performance!

97
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Prophetic

See it if See it if you care. Either about the arts, or the artists.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are expecting Shakespeare's complete text.

97
During previews
Intense, Hilarious

See it if You love Shakespeare put through a blender of farce, contemporary dystopia, and Joey Chestnut.

Don't see it if You take your Shakespeare traditional, and only that way.

100
During previews
Clever, Edgy, Epic, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like bizarre, goofy dystopian comedies spoofing Trump, using Shakespeare (An extensive knowledge of King Lear not required)

Don't see it if You like Trump

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

See it if You want to see something totally original and hilarious

Don't see it if You are a trump fan...or maybe you should see it if you're a trump fan...