Trump Lear

Trump Lear NYC Reviews and Tickets

(22 Reviews)
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Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant

About the Show

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

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

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 Read more

Disappointing, Great acting, Resonant, Indulgent, Ambitious

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

Critic Reviews (4)
July 16th, 2017
For a previous production

"'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!"
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Theatre is Easy
July 15th, 2017
For a previous production

"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."
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October 11th, 2017
For a previous production

“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.”
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Urban Matter
September 5th, 2017
For a previous production

"'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.'"
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