Saturday, March 14, 2009

You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W Bush (The SOB Review)

You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W Bush (The SOB Review) - Cort Theatre, New York, New York

* (out of ****)


Rather than too little, too late, this occasionally funny retread of the last eight years feels like far too much so soon after the eponymous president left office. So much for mission accomplished.

While You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W Bush has some genuine laughs and moments of inspiration, this Will Farrell vehicle tries to shock with purported images of the Commander-in-Chief's chief of staff. Yet its greatest offense is its crass, jokey use of the N word (Ferrell's Bush confuses the name of a certain African country with the worst epithet in the English language).

Replete with even more costume changes than Liza Minnelli had during her recent Great White Way outing, You're Welcome America dulls down into one of those overextended Saturday Night Live sketches that appears late in the program and swaggers sharply into obscurity. It's ironic that a show about a president often accused of intellectual laziness suffers from too much of the same.

While that may work on television, it's not quite ready for a prime Broadway berth.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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1 Comments:

At 14 March, 2009, Blogger Esther said...

I've never been a big Will Ferrell fan. And I agree, tossing around slurs for some crass, jokey effect is not my idea of funny.

 

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