An absurdly clever take on a hateful man.
Somewhat like Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead," this play runs with the idea that Der Fuhrer had multiple decoys to cover for him in different ways. As they are all gathered together one fateful night, they explore their jobs and quickly swirl into existential questions (as well as some ingenious anachronistic riffs).
The sight of multiple Hitlers on stage in and out of character is certainly full of comic potential, and the show explores the possibilities with gusto.
My favorite play of the 2017 Fringe so far!...
Really funny, fast paced, and witty, this is definitely worth checking out. There are jokes here that are funny, then you step back to realize it's being made by a room with 9 (nein?) Hitlers in it, and it's even more ridiculous. Excellent performances by all the Adolfs, with each one getting their moment to shine. Recommended for sure. ...
I thought this was great... totally in the spirt of the fringe... and a great take on Hitler that I have yet to see. The comedy was primo... and that's not just being kind. The writing, the concept, so good. The casting and acting, vunderbar. Totally enjoyed myself, and this is my favorite of Steve's so far. Great job, everyone. This is one I'd see twice....
certified reviewerJune 12, 2017
I enjoyed my viewing experience, and the show as a whole....
At last year’s Hollywood Fringe, in Tony Danza's Letterz 2 2pac, the writer/comedian Steven Benaquist brilliantly impersonated a clueless Tony Danza sharing Tupac Shakur’s letters from prison. In that TV-earnest “conversation for the ages,” Benaquist gave a deadpan performance of Danza’s revelations about — and appropriations of — blackness that was hilarious and jaw-dropping.
This year Benaquist returns with another satisfying hall-of-mirrors comedy, Too Many Hitlers. Here, at the conclusion of WWII, all Hitler’s decoy-doubles have been summoned to the bunker.
Benaquist, as Decoy #1, fiercely committed to the Decoy’s Prime Directive, never admits that he isn’t Hitler. Decoy #2 (the terrific Cameron Fife) nearly matche...
It took some major guts to put up this play, it's inherently controversial, and I love that about it. The play was always engaging for me mainly because of how brave the concept was. The play is a constant series of laughs, Steven never fails to deliver for me. ...