By Bob Evans
If you don’t get enough coverage of Donald Trump and his daily adventures, just come to the show at Musical Theatre Heritage Mainstage to see “WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump,” a rollicking review of the character-types that make up his bullet-proof bevy of supporters.
Erik Abbott lampoons those stereotypical characters with his clever and rich personification of four groups who seem to comprise the solid core of the Trumpians. Be prepared to see a coal miner who just knows in his heart that DT is there for him and will open the mines and restore all the lost jobs, because “…he understands me and he wants to help me.” Included is another character, a beer-swilling redneck that wants to build the wall, block immigration, keep out terrorists, re-establish “White Power,” and take America back to the days when things were a whole lot
better (circa the 1950s). Of course, a dissection of the Trumpsers could not be complete without inclusion of the Evangelical wing. This group just knows that DT is a man of God, and that although he may talk and act not like a man of God, he is actually God’s instrument to lead people to God and restore the teachings of The Bible because he believes every word of the Bible is the God-fearing truth. And, finally, no synopsis of the DT followers could be complete without the elected officials within the Republican Party. Here, a Congresswoman explains her displeasure with DT, but just knows that even with disagreement, it’s hard to break with her long-established voting traditions.
Will they or won’t they ever change? That’s the question. The writing and delivery of Erik Abbott’s one-man piece delivers the jabs and hits the major factions that created the situation the United States faces at least until after mid-term elections. After that, it’s anyone’s guess.
For those who enjoy political humor, “WTF happened? The Phenomenon of Trump” is a must see. The show plays on the Mainstage at MTH Theatre on the third level of Crown Center.
How did a brash billionaire developer and reality TV star bluster his way to the White House? Is Trumpism a true political movement or just another way to increase the value of his brand? Actor / writer Erik Abbott plays five Trump voters, a Coal Miner, a Congresswoman, a Christian, a guy you may know, a guy you don’t—some based on published articles about real people. Their voices—funny, sympathetic, scary?—create a vivid theatrical journey through the cultural complexities of the Trump era.
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