Ends Sep 30

Trump Lear

Members say: Hilarious, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining
89
Critics
87
3 reviews
Members
89
16 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?

 
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Reviews (19)

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87
Avg Score

95
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

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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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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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89
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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.

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.

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.

Don't see it if Just see it.

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, Dizzying, Epic, Intense, Hilarious

See it if You like politics and like to laugh

Don't see it if You have staid views about Shakespeare

98
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you love theatre, Shakespeare, solo shows, political satire, comedy and watching someone investing his heart, mind, and soul.

Don't see it if If you like Trump

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.

100
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if You love political satire, Shakespeare, and if you love to laugh your ass off. Non stop tour de force of hilarity like nothing you've seen.

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor, you don't like fun things, and you don't have an imagination.

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

98
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...

100
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you are exhausted by the Trump Administration.

Don't see it if you're a sadness-monster who loves being MISERABLE.