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Fifty Shades of Melania

comedy · liana mesaikou · Ages 17+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by LUCY GILLESPIE

June 08, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: Feminist · funny · satire · politics · smart

What I liked

The writing struck a fine balance between authenticity and satire. The jokes were in Melania’s voice, and never seemed to be at her expense even when her behavior was outrageous. I especially loved the Paris vignette, where we saw some of Melania’s vulnerability.

What I didn't like

The performance was great overall, but somewhat rushed at the beginning. I wanted her to bask in her dominance more!

My overall impression

Smart insights into the twisted mind of our mysterious First Lady. Great writing, strong character work—a must see for anyone who has ever wondered what the hell is going on with Melania Trump.

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