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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 JESSICA DURDOCK MORENO

June 29, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Mesaikou’s solo show is not what you think. She’s too smart for that. At first, Mesaikou’s Melania gives the cruel liberals what they want: a chance to ridicule the the unusual First Lady. But then Mesaikou deconstructs, humanizes, and offers Melania the opportunity to step into her own destiny as she empowers Mrs. Trump with the chance to tap into one possible version of her feminist self. This sparkling and laser-focused solo performance swings wildly between Saturday Night Live style sketch comedy to unnerving performance art. Mesaikou has the charisma, intelligence, and comedic chops to pull all this off with slick ease and hilarious fun. This is a fantastic show.

What I didn't like

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My overall impression

Liana Mesaikou is a brilliant and natural comedienne in the classic style of Goldie Hawn and Carol Burnett. Don’t let her model good-looks fool you: her wonderful and wide-eyed wackiness is the best part of her delivery.

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