Wiley Slaughter and Shepherd Hunter - a superbly deadpan Walter Matthau - have just completed one of the CIA's most covert and inane operations, which allegedly included producing Hollywood films for foreign dictators. Now they sit before a select joint House and Senate subcommittee, Senator Archer Bowman presiding - gleefully played by Ed Asner - ready to spill the beans. Every A-list actor in this broad, scathing, and somehow whimsical satire has the vocal style of real Congressional hearings down pat. Award-winning playwright and creator of the "M.A.S.H." TV series Larry Gelbart wrote this play in response to the 1980s Iran-Contra affair. It's clear from the uproarious audience laughter throughout this live recording that this political farce continues to ring true.
(P)2004 L.A. Theatre Works
If you like to relax, sit back, let a story breeze past your mind, smiling a distant smile every few minutes, stay away. This takes your entire mind. If you're driving, you will go over the curb.
There are no two successive lines in Gelbart's play, that aren't funny. And if it fizzes out a little towards the end, it's because you are exhausted from all the wordplay, and from the pure radio presentation, that can't make up for it in stagecraft, than from any fault on the side of the writing.
Prepare to be amazed, amused, and quoting it for years to come. Love it!
I have not read a printed version, but the audiobook is excellent.
Humerous and entertaining.
No favorite character. All were good
Nothing really moving in the book. Just an entertaining look at Washington and Politics!!
Technically a political satire set during the Reagan era, the play is actually a parody of the misuse of language by media and politicians which makes it even more relevant (and funnier) after the last eight years. Partisan bickering, stonewalling, political double-talk and media inanity are all sent up hilariously by an excellent cast recorded in a live performance. Painful and painfully funny.
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