The People's Choice | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The People's Choice The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2016

Senator “Ronald Trumpet” is a suit with no scruples, a politician with no soul. And that sucks for the incumbent president, a man who can’t fathom how a blustery blowhard with bad hair is beating him in the polls. So the good-natured protagonist of this political satire from Genesis Theatrical Productions hires a fast-talking spin team to turn things around—even if it costs him some dignity. Playwright Philip Pinkus’s script was reworked to reflect the events of this year’s election season, and though the resulting 60-minute play has its positives, subtlety isn’t one of them—Mexicans are rapists, Muslims should be banned, etc, etc. Is it even possible to portray such themes satirically when they’re in fact real statements spouting from the mouth of an ostensibly real person? One thing’s clear: it’s hard as hell to make the ridiculous look even more ridiculous. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $30


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