“A Political Cabaret” covers political topics such as gun control, support of U.S. troops, immigration, and other hot-button topics. These and others were handled with comedic aplomb in both the scenes and songs.
…a fun and engaging atmosphere.
“A Political Cabaret” makes light of the current political climate and says what everyone is thinking through music, comedy, and improv. The show is a collaboration between the Baltimore Improv Group, Cohesion Theatre, and Spotlighters Theatre. The cast includes Ti Coleman, Rasheed Green, Mike Harris, Kim Le, AJ McCombs, Andy McIntyre, Miles Needer, John Windmueller, Alice Stanley, Brad Norris, Caitlin Carbone, Zach Boost, and Jim Knost who play a variety of roles including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, fictional presidential candidates, and their respective supporters.
The show starts with a political debate between republican candidate, democratic candidate, and a third-party candidate. The third-party is introduced as the “Kodak” party, whose platform is to give cameras to everyone. Sketches between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are interspersed throughout the show. Each scene puts Clinton and Trump in new situations, always referencing recent speeches and events. In one especially humorous scene, Trump has dragged Clinton to the spa where they discuss how to be “hip” and attract “the youth.” It perfectly captured the hilarity of candidates trying to relate to their constituents, and Clinton’s notoriety for always working.
The presidential candidates were constants throughout the show. In addition to snap debates the audience was treated to live-action campaign advertisements both for and against candidates, each more outrageous than the last. Playing off of Trump’s motto, the actors showed the audience what it would be like if he also made a dating app. “Make America Date Again” brings together singles with similar views, but one date takes an unexpected twist, playing on talking at cross purposes and dramatic irony.
The actors switched easily from rehearsed sketches to improvised comedy, encouraging audience participation and creating a fun and engaging atmosphere.
‘A Political Cabaret’ at Spotlighters Theatre runs through September 17th, Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm.
Running Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission.
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