Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hillary Agonistes - 8/16/2007

So why is Priscilla Barnes only now making her New York stage debut? Best know for playing the third Suzanne Somers replacement on the sitcom Three's Company, Barnes is currently playing Hillary Clinton in Hillary Agonistes at the Fringe Festival and she's outstanding! The play itself is odd, but in a good way. The premise, that 65 million people have vanished off the face of the earth in what may or may not be the Rapture a few months after Hillary becomes President, has the makings of a very black comedy – and at the beginning it is. But as the show progresses, things become more high stakes until it's bleak ending. It's a great premise and a great show and Barnes is so excellent that you can't take your eyes off her. Nick Salamone, the playwright, also plays all of the male roles in the production, is also very good – I wanted to see his James Carville! Let's hope we see Priscilla Barnes back on the NYC stage soon!

Fringe Rating: 9/10

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