- CHARITY BENEFIT
There is nothing worse than being forced to watch someone’s political views being shoved down your throat as if their views are the only ones. This is the case of Michelle Clunie’s, US: A Progressive Love Story, on Theatre Row at the Lion Theatre.
This commercial for Obama; oh wait – play, is political propaganda and if you think Obama is great this is the show for you. I personally do not and I should have been warned.
Starting off with a film expose of a happier time, the couple in question seen living a life of pure happiness, the drama then begins. As the real people enter (Michelle Clunie, yep playwright is also the actress on stage), is cursing out her husband played by Jeff LeBeau, accusing him of infidelity the day he is supposed to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for the Senate.
What happens next is a re-creation of their relationship, both in film clips and scenes that just leave you wondering why air your dirty laundry in public. He is a cheating, abusive shit and she the perfect spouse who is fed up.
Jennifer Gelfer directing keeps this boorish play moving forward and she uses the space in an interesting way. She has even made Clunie, who is beyond over-acting, seem at times real and LeBeau charming even though the character is written in the worst light. If I were Eric Schneiderman, I’d sue, but I guess his best revenge is a bitter girlfriend shown up that she can’t write and now one wonders how she got cast. If you stay in an abusive relationship because of the sex, it’s called S&M.
US: A Progressive Love Story: Through September 29th Theatre Row 410 West 42nd Street