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Political laughs with Mamet's 'November'

By by dianna wray/dwray@vicad.com
Aug. 29, 2012 at 3:29 a.m.


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WHAT: "November"WHEN: Through Sept. 23WHERE: The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave., HoustonCOST: Tickets $63

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WHAT: Life in the UniverseWHEN: Through fall 2012WHERE: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann COST: $7-$8INFO: hmns.org

Presidential election year gives us a chance to choose a president, but it also gives us comedy.

You doubt me? Go check out the Alley Theatre's production of David Mamet's play "November."

The play tells the story of a President Charles Smith as he seeks to get himself elected to a second term by hook or by crook. Smith is determined to hang onto the White House, despite poll numbers "lower than Ghandi's cholesterol," whether it requires shady backroom deals about pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys or working out a way for an American Indian lobbyist to turn Nantucket into a casino.

Mamet is known for his acerbic wit and sharp social commentary, so the results can only be good when he sets his sights on the hilarity that is presidential election politics.

Whether you lean right or lurch out to the left as a voter, you'll enjoy watching as the Alley Theatre's capable players tackle Smith's quest to hang onto his seat, despite being both corrupt and epically inept. While that's not the kind of person that anyone wants in the White House, it makes for an entertaining night at the theater, with the kind of politically incorrect laughs that people from all parts of the political spectrum can chuckle over.

The play runs through Sept. 23, the perfect warm-up before presidential election season swings into the final leg.

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