Just in time for the Republican and Democratic national conventions, City in a Swamp Productions returns to the Fremont Centre Theatre this August with a new comedy, "How Obama Got His Groove Back."
The show provides a behind-the-scenes look at the current occupant of the White House and his main rival.
Aug. 18 – Oct. 7, 2012
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
“How Obama Got His Groove Back is a romp of...amusing political sketches” that “cuts through the bleakness with sarcasm and parody deriving from Roman comedy via the British music hall, Jon Stewart, and Saturday Night Live...This jukebox musical has good will to spare...Reid is terrific in the title role”
– Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly
“...a cheerfully scattershot satire with music” that “gets things right, such as Obama’s vocal cadence and Mitt Romney’s irony-free affect. As Barack, Reid has charm and [as Mitt and Ann Romney] Wilburn and DeCosky somehow manage to be the whitest people you have ever seen onstage.”
– Charlotte Stoudt, LA Times
“...unlike late-night TV, How Obama Got His Groove Back sustains a relatively long-form plot longer than you might think possible. While it stays on a sketch comedy level and veers into some wild tangents — among those who show up are North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, a Taliban leader and one of the Colombian prostitutes who entertained the Secret Service — the writers nevertheless manage to tie the segments together in a way that genuinely resembles a play instead of a night at the Groundlings or SNL.
–Don Shirley, LA Stage Times
“Highlights of the show include Mitt in improv class, or joined by Ann singing a delicious parody of Graham Nash’s ‘Our House.’ Also particularly effective is an elaborate farcical sequence involving Secret Service agents, a Columbian prostitute, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, and a Kindle with ‘50 Shades of Gray’ on it.”
– Frances Nicholson, Pasadena Star News
“Republicans will chuckle and Democrats will love it.”
– Dena Burroughs, Examiner.com
“A hilarious and timely ‘tongue in cheek’ look at White House shenanigans under the reign of Barack Obama...There are plenty of ‘belly laughs’ to be had in this zany satire...This show is a lot of fun, folks. Try to catch it!”
– Pat Taylor, The Tolucan Times