Gino @ 'Hillary and Clinton' - Laurie Metcalf shines like the baddie she is
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In an alternate universe that resembles our own, a woman named Hillary with a husband named Bill is losing the 2008 Democratic presidential primary to a man named Barack.
This is WHAT I NEEDED!
I was recently looking at the list of current Broadway shows and noticed a HUGE problem. It is an abhorrent and sad issue that the theatre community can no longer ignore…
We are neglecting the stories of rich, white politicians and that HAS to stop. Internationally famous politicians such as Hillary and Bill Clinton have not had an opportunity to express themselves or their concerns, and that is why I give the biggest thank-you to the new play, Hillary and Clinton.
If you couldn’t tell by this point, I was kidding!!!
These rich politicians have plenty of ways to be heard. I challenge theatre’s power brokers, whether on Broadway or in some basement deep in Bushwick, to give a platform to marginalized voices. But I guess rich theatregoers want to listen to people they can relate to.
And that’s the tea. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Don’t get me wrong: Hillary and Clinton definitely has value. After all, it stars my queen and mother, Laurie Metcalf. It just sucks that the experience costs over $100…
The play takes place in 2008 during Hillary’s first presidential campaign and explores her struggles in the shadow of her cheating husband, former President Bill Clinton. There was a lot of talk about how success is subjective, and the possibility of being successful in other dimensions… on other Earths… ? Not sure I fully understood.
What did leave a big impression on me was how much of Hillary’s personal and professional life was tainted by Bill’s unwarranted input. On top of his opinion, Hillary had to deal with the entire world’s opinion on a woman running for president… especially one with a cheating husband she never divorced.
She had so many ticks against her, yet she kept going. Whether you supported her as a politician or not, you can’t help but feel for her. So many people’s opinions of her had less to do with her, and more to do with her in relation to the 42nd president. I guess that was what the “other dimension” monologues might have been about. There is solace in accepting your life but knowing that maybe somewhere there is another version of you who gets the credit you deserve.
But don’t quote me on that.
Should you see Hillary and Clinton? Yeah, especially if you have the coin and a left-leaning mother who wants to see Laurie Metcalf shine like the baddie she is. I personally wouldn’t pay full price for this play and it wouldn’t be my first choice, but it is a fun night.
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