Review: Red Ink’s “ObamaNation: Revised Edition!”

Despite fast dancing, ObamaNation! takes the easy road.


Red Ink Theatre presents:

ObamaNation: Revised Edition! 

by 4 Days Late
directed by Erin Lane
thru November 20th (buy tickets)

reviewed by Paige Listerud

Red Ink Theatre, which delivered strong monologues from its actor/writers in its summer remount of iAlone, hasn’t pulled together the comedy revue it aspires to with their 4 Days Late production of ObamaNation! Revised Edition. A Second City-style revue with song and dance numbers critiquing the growing liberal dismay with the Obama administration, ObamaNation! comes across as grossly incomplete and flat.

ObamaNationRevisedPCFront[1] The revue still dwells on the surface disappointment over the recent state of non-change in US policy, both foreign and domestic. ObamaNation! doesn’t dig any deeper to explore why we would set our hopes so messianically high on Obama, only to have them inevitably dashed. Or why we believed that life under a bought-and-paid-for Congress would be different just because the Democrats hold the majority.

Furthermore, it’s a revue that pulls all its punches. Perhaps the comics are under the same fear of being accused of racism that they bring up during the show or maybe there is still not enough skill to turn heavy and significant matter into light, fast, wicked satire.

The best that can be said is that dancing to hit tunes as political commentary is probably the most successful feature of the revue. In which case, a special nod goes to choreographer John Gilmour and the efforts of those in the troupe who selected the songs. As for written material, it’s back to the drawing board for another revision. Most comedy evolves from pain. Perhaps 4 Days Late needs to delve into the pain of hope denied.

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Bomb threat during performance of Jersey Boys

BofA_Theatre Per Chris Jones’ Theater Loop blog, the Bank of America Theatre (The Shubert) was evacuated about half-way through the evening performance after suspicious boxes were found in the alley behind the theatre.  Per the blog:

According to a report from the Tribune’s William Lee, who was quoting a police source, one letter read "this is not a bomb," and the other note said "this is not going to end good." 

Because of time constraints, following the realization that the boxes held nothing dangerous, there was no time left in the evening to complete the second act, and it was canceled. The audience members were informed that ticket exchanges would be available for any Tuesday performance in the month of October.

The entire posting can be found here, including some fairly heated comments below the story. Full Chicago Tribune coverage, including video, here.