The Mayor's Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska

rah productions · Ages 15+ · United States of America

world premiere
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BILLY RAY BREWTON certified reviewer June 24, 2019
A fast-paced, engaging, non-stop laugh fest that goes in some dark, unexpected places and winds up having more weight than I ever expected. ... full review
MARLA BLACK certified reviewer June 24, 2019
tagged as: funny · smart · political · witty
A witty political comedy delight! A sharply written story performed to perfection. It was a sheer pleasure to watch four incredibly talented actors go head to head in a battle that had me laughing hysterically and gasping in disbelief. ... full review
JIM BLANCHETTE certified reviewer June 24, 2019
Jim Hanna is one of my favorite creators at Fringe, and The Mayor's Debate is maybe his best effort. And that's a very high bar. His script is witty, smart and, at moments, shocking. He's assembled a great ensemble who play their parts to perfection. The debate is ultimately secondary to the existential truths they explore. The characters bounce from political discussions to person attacks to topics that should not be talked about in civil conversation. I don't want to give anything away. Just go see it already.... full review
ROSS GOSLA certified reviewer June 26, 2019
Political satire at it's best. Jim Hanna's latest play holds no punches as it rips through political ideologies across the spectrum. With a talented ensemble, Lucie, Emily, Jim, and Katie sliced up Hanna's dialogue and served it for brunch with perfect comedic timing and sincere performances.... full review
AISHA KASMIR certified reviewer June 26, 2019
Interesting idea with fast talking satirical political dialogue, kinda falls apart at the crux of the piece. ... full review
LARA REPKO certified reviewer June 26, 2019
tagged as: ensemble · Political Satire
My favorite ensemble shows are ones where the cast meshes easily and obviously gets along well with each other. Mayor’s Debate was exactly this. The actors were playful, imaginative, and had *fun* on the stage. Believe it or not, sometimes you can tell actors aren’t having fun. This wasn’t the case for Mayor’s Debate.... full review
JOHN PATRICK DALY certified reviewer June 27, 2019
Dark, funny, and only a slightly embellished version of our current political climate, Mayor's Debate takes the voices we are too familiar with today and brings them to their insane logical conclusions, giving us a release of catharsis while asking the question "why can't we all just be nice to each other?"... full review
HEATHER DOWLING certified reviewer June 27, 2019
tagged as: funny · smart · relevant · twisted
Fantastic! Once again, Jim Hanna's smart, biting, comedic wit rolls off the page and takes a dark turn that is more emotional than you could ever expect. ... full review
LINDSEY MALLARD certified reviewer June 29, 2019
What an interesting look at not only the polarization of politics, but the unity that truly comes in times of crisis. What a beautiful portrayal of four honest and imperfect people doing what they feel is their very best for their small overtaken community. It was truly great.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 29, 2019
A unique show and very, very funny. The back and forth between the candidates was terrific. Each one was so vividly fleshed out that it was easy to forget that they were just characters in a Fringe show and not really running for office.... full review