Ron Paul: The Musical | Gorilla Tango Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Ron Paul: The Musical Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: April 21-May 12 2012

The scenario recalls Bob Roberts, Tim Robbins's 1992 film satire about a right-wing politician/folksinger riding a faux-populist wave. But Cameron Ford's limp comedy in which an increasingly desperate Ron Paul panders to every musical demographic—playing country in Tennessee, punk in San Francisco, and a Ray Charles-esque blues riff in New Orleans—is as DOA as Paul's presidential aspirations. A romantic subplot goes nowhere, and so does a cameo by a tampon-tossing Sarah Palin. The show mostly lacks a clear point of view on Paul himself, whose contradictions (antiwar isolationist who voted for the Afghanistan war) and flaws (racist newsletters) could provide grist for a good ribbing in sturdier hands. —Kerry Reid

Price: $15

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