No one is safe in the performance of Make Democracy Great Again. Get ready for your toes to be lightly tread over while laughing because the humor is undeniable. Albright College performance group put together a timely act that portrayed the flaws of our democratic system, yet ended on a hopeful note that left a positive taste in your mouth as you left the theater.
Make Democracy Great Again is being held in the Wachovia Theatre on Albright Campus on November 4-7, Friday, Saturday, and Monday it will show at 8 p.m. while it will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Prior to the show, the director Professor Matt Fotis said, “I’m excited to see how people react to what we’ve been working on for the past 6 weeks.”
The crowd’s laughter and smiles filled the room Friday night. While the performance made fun of every aspect of American democracy, and the public who participates in it, no one left because they were offended. Although there is a slightly stronger Liberal presence, the performers make sure to take time to point out Hillary’s faults, and even Bernie Sander’s hipster friends.
The most obvious strengths of this play is the plot and each actors performance. This collaboratively written play is a difficult task to tackle. The group is able to take a cluster of unprecedented political activities that have occurred within the past month to year, and make a tangible storyline. The most surprising twist to the story is the unlikely underdog becoming a slight symbol of hope. (No spoilers here, but it is not Gary Johnson)
The actors take up their satirical roles like they were born for the part. From Hillary’s lack of relativity to anyone younger than her to Trump’s, well everyone knows Trump’s flaws. The most appealing part was how the actors interacted with the crowd through slight fourth wall breaks. On the other hand there were occasional moments of persistent cursing that seemed to be used to fill a void moment, but caused a momentary disconnect until the scene continued.
All in all the Make Democracy Great Again gets a 4.5/5 stars and should not be missed. Just as director Matt Fotis said, “It leaves you with a sense of hope, and the feeling that it is up to us.”
-Wesley A. Gehman