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Votes

Members say: Quirky, Funny, Slow, Original, Intelligent
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3 reviews
Members
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20 reviews
 

Castillo Theatre presents a musical set on the eve of the 2016 election, with America hours away from electing its first female president (no, it's not Hillary).

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Melanie Jefferson, the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, and her husband, former President William Jefferson, are ready to count the votes when the arrival of an unexpected visitor threatens to disrupt everything. What happens next makes for an election eve unlike any other. A sequel of sorts to Castillo Theatre's 1999 musical 'The Last Temptation of William Jefferson,' 'Votes' examines the political and personal conflicts of a famous fictional First Couple.

 


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Reviews (23)

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56
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Front Row Center

"There is no real character development, no understanding of what events lead from then to now, and no knowledge of how songs are supposed to work in a musical with one exception…Mr. Miller’s fine voice and performance actually touches us with something human in an otherwise overwrought and off-putting political diatribe. For two hours we are subject to the astonishing information that power corrupts and all politicians are crooked, really?" Full Review

70
Theater Pizzazz

"Tired of the parody that is our current political situation? Chill, take a deep breath, and amble over to see 'Votes,' a musical about the Clintons purporting to show how they arrived where they are and what was lost along the way...This is a lighthearted look at a dark landscape but although it pulls no punches, it’s neither mean nor preachy...I’ll not divulge the dénoument; suffice it to say it takes a different tone, more fable or morality tale than the acerbic plain talk that led up to it." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"This production offers many laughs as well as entertaining moments…Under Kurlander’s intricate direction, 'Votes' presents a moving and personal picture of the real lives and feelings of an extremely powerful couple in America…The chemistry between Wright-Mathew and Miller is thrilling to witness…'Votes' will give audiences something to smile about...Entertaining, whimsical, and smart, 'Votes' is just the ticket." Full Review

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61
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15
Excruciating, Insipid, Slow, Dull, Interminable

See it if you have time, money, & patience to sit through absolute drivel. This show isn't even a musical, it's a bad play with occasional poor songs

Don't see it if ...there is no reason to see this production. Its only redeeming grace is the cast does seem to have vocal talents that weren't used here

80
Funny, Original, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like great singing, a spoof on the Clinton's that conjures up some thought provoking concepts

Don't see it if you don't want to see Hillary and Bill bashed

55
Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

See it if You enjoy tame political satire.

Don't see it if you hate musicals which have terrible scores and never rise above the level of a good but not great SNL skit.

74
Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You'd enjoy a community theater-esque musical foray, behind the scenes with Hillary & Bill Clinton on the eve of her presidential nomination

Don't see it if An amateur production on all counts, even suprisingly poor music (given composer's credits), w/an irresponsible recommendation of solution.

89
Funny, Original, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you love musicals, want to support community theatre or are fed up with our political system!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy thought-provoking and relevant productions.

64
Original, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if you have strong political ideas about Hillary and Bill, and the political situation in general, and don't mind being slightly bored.

Don't see it if You are a dyed in the wool Republican or love big ticket Broadway musicals with lots of pizzaz and no intelligent content

71
Funny, Quirky, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a musical parody/satire about The Clintons.

Don't see it if You don't like quirky political satire musicals.

25
Excruciating, Slow, Dated

See it if You have a particular interest in the Clinton Administration. You really want to support theater charities.

Don't see it if You are looking for something complex, well thought through and insightful.

23
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Offensive, shallow

See it if Are an aspiring playwright and want to learn what not to do and want to feel better about your own work.

Don't see it if You like plays that make sense, resonate emotionally, and/or have something new to say.

70
Original, Ambitious, Edgy, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy today's politics in satire.

Don't see it if You don't know current events.

80
Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like cheesy comedy.

Don't see it if You prefer standard comedy.

67
Original, Quirky, Fluffy, Satire, Cheeky songs

See it if Musical satire

Don't see it if Don't like musical satire

35
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are looking for yet another theory of the Clintons and their enigmatic partnership.

Don't see it if If you try to avoid dull political satires and you value your time.

50
Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You like political satire and catchy melodies.

Don't see it if Trite, silly political satire isn't your thing.

85
Funny, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are interested in politics and want a break from the crazy elections -- or if you don't like politics and want an entertaining view.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, or if you are looking for a factual, historical play,

94
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if During our current political environment many people could relate to this play. BUT fun and entertaining and thought provoking at the same t

Don't see it if Can't imagine why not.

95
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if If you're disgusted with American politics and like good satire.

Don't see it if Why? You should see it!

91
Original, Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy explorations of politicians' private lives

Don't see it if you have children with you

90
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in satirical, entertaining musicals

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or satires

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if interested in politics

Don't see it if want common fare