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When: Mondays-Wednesdays, Sundays. Continues through May 26 2010

Kristian O'Hare's satire charts the rise and fall of scandal-plagued former New Jersey governor James McGreevey, who in 2004 held a dramatic press conference in which he both resigned from office and came out of the closet, his wife, Dina, cringing at his side. O'Hare depicts McGreevey as a shameless, meth-snorting, sex-mad power player, his wife as an embittered pill popper with postpartum depression, and the American political scene as an absolute pigsty where survival depends on the brutal exploitation of the weak. Allison Shoemaker's raucous production for the Ruckus Theater presents all the corruption and flimflammery with gusto, but O'Hare's ambitious three-act script ultimately overshoots its target. I'll buy McGreevey as a self-serving horndog, but he's unconvincing as the embodiment of everything wrong with America. --Zac Thompson

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