I saw this extraordinary show opening night. I have long been a fan of Gangbusters Theatre Company. King Dick is the most entertaining piece of comic historical madness.
The characters of Nixon, Elvis Presley and their chemistry was superb, The senator and the Graceland Entourage were so strong and indelible. I loved this show. It was extremely smart, historically informative and quite insane.
This piece is gong to develop into a major play with a long run and I will want to see it again. Do not miss this.
Kudos to Christian Levantino and the Gangbusters Group for this refreshingly original work.
So I came to see a random show for a first date with a lovely girl. We both laughed so much and would say that we were both gladly surprised. I had heard Chris' other work was great and decided to take a chance on it. It was entertaining from start to finish. Full of great dialogue and a great ensemble cast that was stellar! I recommend seeing it, highly!...
So what do you get when you do a play about Elvis Presley making an appearance at the White House during Nixon's presidency? KING DICK. Margo Rowder and her behind the scenes crew take us back to 1970 when such a thing did occur in this comedy of what may have happened when they met. It's happening as part of the Hollywood Fringe located at the Theatre Asylum on 1078 Lillian Way. See it....
King Dick is a bold, eccentric poetic work. The guy who wrote it plays E, the main character. His Elvis Presley is astonishing and fun to watch. This sharp minded writer-actor is fully commited and very entertaining.
All of the other actors fulfill their respective roles with clarity, which in and of itself produces remarkable work. The actor protraying Nixon was particularly fanastic.
The only thing I would add to the play's development is hearing Elvis sing, move his hips- even if only just a flash, the play needs that expression.
I cannot say anything other than what has been said and will get this show awards. Truly magnificent work for such a sizable cast in such a tight space.. the interaction, spacing, staging, and simplistic props was freekin awesome.. The Gangbusters crew did an amazing job and their efforts were exemplary.
Hats Off to KING DICK and Gangbusters!
KING DICK (Bronze Medal)
I am someone who is consumed by the study of history, and feels that history is not something that should be played fast and loosed with. It is therefore understandable why I would have trouble with Christian Levatino’s “King Dick”.
First the facts, Levatino uses as the basis of his play, one of the strangest meetings that ever took place in Washington D.C., when on December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley arrived at the White House to offer his service to President Richard Nixon.
Elvis was concerned about what he regarded as forces working against the well being of America: The commies, the hippies, the Back Panthers and of course, the Beatles.
Elvis went to Nixon seeking to be made a "Federal Agent at Large", ...
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