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Actors left to right- Christopher Robert Smith, Matthew Harris Characters- Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama Photographer- Kate Hagerty.

Actors left to right: Beth Triffon, Dan Amerman, Max Lawrence, Arielle Siler, Matt Harris, Natascha Corrigan, Guillermo Lozano, Christopher Robert Smith Characters left to right: Senator Patty Murray, House Speaker John Boehner, KGB agent Black Russian, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Marco Rubio, Vice President Joe Biden Photographer: Kate Hagerty.

Actors left to right: Beth Triffon, Dan Amerman, Max Lawrence, Arielle Siler, Matt Harris, Natascha Corrigan, Guillermo Lozano, Christopher Robert Smith
Characters left to right: Senator Patty Murray, House Speaker John Boehner, KGB agent Black Russian, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Marco Rubio, Vice President Joe Biden
Photographer: Kate Hagerty.

 

We’re Watching You:

“Obama Spy Drama” Opens Saturday, February 15

at Acme Comedy Hollywood

for its World Premiere

With the Winter Olympics upon us, and recent attempts to reign in NSA spying, the time is ripe for musical comedy with a Russian accent. And that’s what “Obama Spy Drama,” the new show from City in a Swamp Productions, provides in abundance. Along with musical parodies, the satire playing at Acme Comedy Theatre is filled with spy agency intrigue, romantic complications and a display of international muscle. More than anything, President Obama wants NSA leaker Edward Snowden brought back to the U.S. “Obama Spy Drama” reveals just how he accomplishes that. To help the President, the CIA deploys a powerful new weapon, a pheromone spray guaranteed to make the victim “follow you anywhere.” In the hands of luscious temptress Dania Suarez (an old “friend” from the Secret Service’s Colombian adventures), the elixir will do its trick. But when it overpowers the wrong person, things get complicated. Even though President Obama has chosen not to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics, he will have to go to Russia after all and face Vladimir Putin in a competition of Olympic proportions. But wait—isn’t that President Obama romancing Michelle back in the White House? How can that be, if he’s in Russia? And has Putin fallen in love with Edward Snowden?

Complicated, indeed.

Caitlin Hart directs a cast that includes (in alphabetical order): Dan Amerman, Natascha Corrigan, Matthew Harris, Max Lawrence, Guillermo Lozano, Beth Triffon, Arielle Siler, and Christopher Robert Smith.    Music (pre-recorded) is provided by the Rock ’n’ Ridicule band: Gene Black (guitar, mandolin), Skip Edwards (keyboard), Jerry Sommers (drums), Chuck Wright (bass).

Actors left to right- Dan Amerman, Max Lawrence Characters left to right- Edward Snowden, KGB agent Black Russian Photographer- Kate Hagerty.

Actors left to right- Dan Amerman, Max Lawrence Characters left to right- Edward Snowden, KGB agent Black Russian Photographer- Kate Hagerty.

Choreographer: Kara Karstedt. Fight Choreographer: Douglas Oliphant. Stage manager: Travis Snyder-Eaton. Costume design: Traci Ladue. Hair design/ Wigs: Judi Lewin. Properties/Set pieces: Gabriela Zarate.  Sound design/ Projections: Eric Wentz.

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City in a Swamp Productions is based in Washington, DC and specializes in political satire and musical comedy.

Obama Spy Drama is the company’s fourth show in the LA area. Its first LA show, Rock ’n’ Ridicule, ran at Acme in 2010.
Shows in 2011 (Oh, Momma! And Obama) and 2012 (How Obama Got His Groove Back) ran at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.

Information on past productions can be found on their official site.

The President has been watching you.

Now it’s your turn to watch him.

Sit back and get ready to laugh!

Actors left to right- Christopher Robert Smith, Matthew Harris Characters- Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama Photographer- Kate Hagerty.

Actors left to right- Christopher Robert Smith, Matthew Harris Characters- Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama Photographer- Kate Hagerty.

“Obama Spy Drama”—World Premiere engagement of a new comedy.

Written by Nicholas Zill.

Additional dialogue by Derek Jeremiah Reid and Karen Zill.

Directed by Caitlin Hart. Produced by Nicholas and Karen Zill for City in a Swamp Productions.

Acme Comedy Hollywood

135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood, CA 90036.

Opens: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., runs through March 30, 2014.

Regular show times: Fri. & Sat. at 8:00 p.m., Sun. at 3:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: Advance tickets online, $20.00 and $23.00—$23 ticket includes 20% discount at Amalfi Ristorante (next door). Tickets purchased at the door: $30.00 (no Amalfi discount).

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(626) 274-1745.

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Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

1 Comment

  1. tim al says:

    saw it friday night. thought it was great and the acting and musical numbers were over and above what is expected in a small production. i thought the story fell apart in the last two or three (out of 14) scenes and that’s why i would give it four out of five stars. rewriting those or just cutting them out would make it a five star show.