Dallas — None of the above is a tempting option for many voters in next week’s election.
Both major party candidates are despised by the other side. Maybe "despised" isn’t strong enough, as the right believes the left’s candidate should be jailed for email mishandling, and the left believes the right’s candidate should be jailed for sexual assault. A write-in vote for Mickey Mouse is becoming a more viable option with each passing day. (That wouldn't be counted, by the way.)
“Maybe it has made for some scary circumstances for us as Americans, but it really provides for good comedy with plenty of fodder for us comedians,” says Matt Hovde, artistic director of the Second City training center in Chicago.
Tuesday night at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas, Slate.com and the AT&T Performing Arts Center present Unelectable You: The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Election Revue, which Hovde directs.
The show includes all the hallmarks of the biting, of-the-moment satire we’ve come to expect from the legendary improv factory. Through a series of monologues, skits, sketches and musical numbers, the six actors in the touring company rip through the nonsense in an attempt to skewer all parties involved in the absurdity that has been the 2016 presidential race.
“We get to portray exaggerated versions of these people, and it’s not just the conservatives,” Hovde says. “While we certainly appeal to a younger, more left-leaning audience, there’s plenty of things to poke holes in on the left, as well.”
And there’s really no shortage of material for anyone with a bent toward viewing the news through a cynical lens. A handful of local productions have lampooned this election, from the current musical Citizen Drumpf by Ohlook Performing Arts Center in Grapevine to Trump’d: The Musical, staged at the Dallas Comedy House this summer. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Slate.com will live stream monologist Mike Daisey’s The Trump Card from Broadway.
“We’re stuck with two of the least popular, possibly most-flawed candidates in history,” Hovde says. “Many people will be using this election not to vote for someone, but against the other person, and it’s really fun to recognize the absurdity in that and then play it out on stage.”
Frank Caeti is one of the cast members of Unelectable You and is simply hilarious. He was in town earlier this year as part of the Dallas Comedy Festival, gesticulating all over the stage. It’s safe to assume he will continue doing as much Tuesday night when he embodies a character trying to get the electorate to unelect his opponent.