The Mayor's Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska

rah productions · Ages 15+ · United States of America

world premiere
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July 01, 2019 original article

What I liked

As tensions rise, the candidates begin to hurl laugh-a-minute tirades at each other attacking political agendas as well as personal foibles. Each candidate obviously represents a “type” that is ripe for making fun of, it’s great to see so many cultural annoyances ripped to shreds.
To be honest, part of the humor comes from the fact that some of this feels painfully real. One can imagine this sort of hatred boiling just under the surface of our nation’s real politics. Don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm for this rambunctious comedy, though. They’re not making bold statements, they just want you to laugh. It’s a goal they achieve viciously and effectively.

What I didn't like

Some of the actor’s blocking became very awkward and there could have been better use of the entire stage. That being said, the choice to have the entire cast pandering to the audience so obviously worked to very good effect. (After all, they DO want our vote!)

My overall impression

Milking BIG laughs from a mildly bizarre premise, this hysterical play feels like a mix between a derailing “X-Files” episode and a sassy family sitcom. Great fun!

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