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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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JESSICA DURDOCK MORENO certified reviewer June 29, 2019
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.... full review
JOLA CORA certified reviewer June 08, 2019
It was an intelligent, funny but also heartfelt socio-political take on Melania. I really enjoyed it from start to finish.... full review
AMANDA LAINBERGER certified reviewer July 02, 2019
tagged as: unique · funny
An interesting, unique, intelligent comedy about the FLOTUS. Makes you seriously wonder what goes on behind closed doors and inside Melania’s head.... full review
MARLA BLACK certified reviewer July 01, 2019
Liana is a captivating performer and a delight to watch on stage. A fun show that explores a very unknown and intriguing woman. I loved learning about the first lady and Liana turns everything you think you know about this mysterious icon on it's head. ... full review
MATTHEW ROBINSON encore judge certified reviewer June 30, 2019
tagged as: absurd · hilarious · twisted · clever · funny
A funny solo show with plenty of laughs but a dark undertow that adds a decadent sense of reality to the wild fantasy of it all.... full review
LISA VERLO certified reviewer June 29, 2019
Fantastically crafted! Wonderfully performed! Funny, funny, funny! Scary how funny, yet horrifying it is! As entertainment we couldn’t ask for more absurd comedy... but should we really be laughing?!?! Liana has written a striking piece of satire and has executed it in layers and layers, of costume changes, multimedia effects, and accents that will have you crying uncle and gasping for a recount all in one breath!... full review
ALYSSA VIRKER certified reviewer June 29, 2019
This show was funny, cleverly written, and the best part of course was its very charismatic leading lady! Liana is a fantastic performer and is so much fun to watch. I loved the concept of "who really is Melania?" versus who the people of America want her to be. ... full review
CHRIS VALENTI certified reviewer June 27, 2019
One of the most enjoyable hours I spent at the festival this year was when I saw Liana’s creation. In a ubiquitous sea of mundane political lampooning and easy low-hanging Donald Trump bashing, this clever writer / performer dives far deeper in her exploration of the First Family than anything else I’ve seen out there. If they say, “Behind every great man is an even greater woman,” who, would they say, is behind an egomaniacal, halfwitted, selfish, spoiled, rapist manipulator asshat? Liana’s characterizations and various vignettes probe some possible answers. ... full review
PATRICK CHAVIS la theatre bites certified reviewer June 26, 2019
7 out of 10 - Average show! Click on the link to learn more. http://latheatrebites.com/hollywood-fringe-2091-fifty-shades-of-melania-stephanie-feury-studio-theatre-review/... full review
LARA REPKO certified reviewer June 22, 2019
If you don't know anything about Melania Trump's antics you may not understand a lot of the jokes but if you're like me and madly stalk all the Melania Trump hashtags (#freeMelania, anyone?) then you'll get the jokes right away. Liana takes on a journey through the many different "shades" of a woman so many of us are curious about. My personal favorite was the Pussy Power one that made us have hope that Melania would be on our side until...(spoiler alert) she takes off her metaphorical mask and says something along the lines of "you really thought I'd be on your side?" or something like that. GAH. That got me and is too, too real whether we want to believe it or not.... full review