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Monday, August 31, 2009
Fringe/George and Laura Bush perform...Our Favorite Sitcom Episodes
Reviewed by Nicole C. Lee
In George and Laura Bush perform…Our Favorite Sitcom Episodes, writer Ryan Gajewski unsuccessfully attempts to mock the former President in a new way. The show begins with a re-enactment of a favorite “I Love Lucy” episode, featuring President Bush as Ricky Riccardo – using a stereotypical Cuban accent – and Laura Bush over-emphasizing mechanical actions as Lucy. Peter Zerneck and Jennifer Tullock are funny as George and Laura, capturing the personas so often satirized by the media. But the overall pace of the 60-minute show is slower than George W. Bush’s manner of speaking. Though it has comical moments, often at the expense of the former President, the end result falls flat.
It is amusing to see George W. Bush venting about his actions as former President and passive-aggressively bickering with his wife. Yet the double-crossing twist at the end, which absurdly involves Laura Bush and former Friends star Matt LeBlanc (John J. Isgro), isn’t enough to salvage this show.
Overall, George and Laura Bush perform… is a trite attempt at mocking a President we already know is doltish.
FringeNYC 2009: George and Laura Bush perform…Our Favorite Sitcom Episodes (60 minutes, no intermission)
The Players Theater (115 MacDougal Street)
Tickets: $15 (www.fringenyc.org)
Performances: concluded August 28