Montgomery Playhouse’s The Complete History of America (Abridged)By Laura & Mike Clark • Jan 29th, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Montgomery Playhouse’s production of the Complete History of America (Abridged) [MP3 2:55 860K].
Mike: The Complete History of America (Abridged) is by Adam Long, Austin Tichenor, and Reed Martin. It’s the story of everything that’s happened in America since the discovery of North America all the way through a few weeks ago.They tell the whole thing as different vignettes and different characters coming on stage to help you picture what happened back in the ancient history of America.
Laura: This show was just silly. It was irreverent, politically incorrect all the way around, but it was a lot of fun. I laughed a lot. I really had a good time just sort of enjoying myself.
Mike: This was a hilarious show. You will enjoy yourself. We’re not going to give stuff away because it is funny. You really can’t expect it. Each of the three actors played at least fifteen parts. Lucy Ricardo was in there and President Clinton, and George Washington, and Betsy Ross. Lots of other people that you don’t really think of as a part of American history. It all worked together for a great show.
Laura: The three actors were John Dickson, Kevin Dykstra, and Gary Sullivan. They were all great. Each role was interchangeable. They were uninhibited and had a good time. They even teased the audience, such as the person who came in late. The actors stopped the show and went over and made a big deal out of it. That was really funny.
Mike: Yeah, don’t come to this show late. Do bring an umbrella. Do bring some stumper questions. At one point they’re going to ask you if you want to ask them questions about American history. They’re ready to tell you everything that they know.
Laura: The first act went very smoothly. It started from about Amerigo Vespucci if not a little bit earlier (depending how you look at it) all the way up through Lincoln and Lincoln getting shot. I thought the first act went really smoothly.
Mike: The second act was a lot of fun. It was a little contrived. The detective story that they came up with to tie the different historical pieces together for the more modern times, but it was still a lot of fun.
Laura: The Complete History of America (Abridged) is playing January 19th through February 11th. Fridays and Saturdays and 8 and Sundays at 3 PM. I do recommend you go see this show. It’s a lot of fun. Do call ahead to make reservations. Saturday night’s show was sold out and I think they were talking about being sold out for the next couple shows. Definitely get in to see it.
Mike: The show is being performed at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn in Gaithersburg Maryland.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.