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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 9 2014

The press release from Remy Bumppo Theatre calls Maxwell Anderson's 1933 political satire "stunningly timely," and there's truth in that. A young Nevada farmer named McClean (wink wink) gets elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and promptly stages an insurgency of one, using novel tactics in an attempt to force pork-loving congressmen to live within their means. With his single-issue obsessiveness, distrust of taxes, scorn for negotiation, and willingness to use stunt politics to get his way, McClean comes off as the prototype for Ted Cruz. Interestingly, he's as wrongheaded as Cruz too. Both Your Houses appeared just before the New Deal proved that deficit spending—not the austerity McClean advocates—was the way to pull America out of the Great Depression. Still, it'd be a shame to let a little thing like economics keep you from enjoying James Bohnen's amusing production. Anderson's script offers a clever second-act twist, and David Darlow supplies a rueful kind of fun as an alcoholic politician anxious to retire in style. —Tony Adler

Price: $15-$52.50



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