So here I am writing a review that isn’t really a review. Now if I sound like a politician with that statement, let me explain myself. The Capitol Steps have been putting the “mock in democracy” for over 30 years now. With their spot on satire and always a great cast of performers, you will never think of Congress or anyone else in the political field the same way. I bring up the fact that this is not a review because the show I saw this evening, chances are you will not see when you go. This is because the political scene is always changing and whenever a new scandal or daily stupid comment is made, it inevitably ends up in the show.
Any show that has been around for this long and is this spot on deserves our attention and that is no lirty die.
Having said all of that, let’s talk about a few highlights of my performance. I would like to start off with applauding The Capitol Steps for being smart enough to use members of the DC theatre community. Such artists as Evan Casey, Felicia Curry and Delores King Williams are wisely part of the performing troupe.
Evan Casey is so darn funny with his characterizations of Mitt Romney and David Petreaus, and Delores King Williams does a delightful monologue as Janet Napolitano about new TSA policies at the airports. Jenny Corbett does one of the best Sarah Palin characterizations ever and Matt Pearson has Barack Obama’s voice and mannerisms down to a tee. Jamie Zemarel does a wicked Donald Trump and along with Pearson and Mike Tilford perform a number describing the 30 plus year history of The Capitol Steps.
I saved Mike Tilford’s solo turn until last because it’s the most daunting. The signature piece of any Capitol Steps show is a monologue called Lirty Dies in which the first letters of words are reversed to make new words. For example, Rick Perry becomes Pick Rerry and my favorite Rick Santorum becomes Sick Rantorum. I don’t know how you learn this kind of a monologue, but this is why I am not a performer.
The cast was accompanied by the crazy talented Lenny Williams.
It should be noted that part of my performance was taped for NPR Radio
What’s interesting to me is that The Capital Steps is one show that no matter how many times you see it, there is always something fresh. Original co-creator Elaina Newport is still very much involved and keeps a watchful eye on the show as well as sometimes performing.
The Capital Steps is one of those attractions in DC that those of us who live here sometimes forget about and we should not. Any show that has been around for this long and is this spot on deserves our attention and that is no lirty die.
Running Time: Between 90 minutes and two hours depending how congress behaves that week.
Advisory: Because The Capital Steps plays in the basement of a federal building you will need to show photo ID and go through a metal detector. Please allow time to do so.
The Capitol Steps plays every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Amphitheater in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center which is located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20004