You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush
Will Ferrell's 80-minute show about the 43rd President of the United States will strike some audiences as hilarious and others as unnecessarily vulgar.
As a result, theatergoers who relish this kind of somewhat juvenile yukfest will likely laugh out loud through most of the gag-filled text as Ferrell flawlessly showcases the Bush mimicry he first honed on Saturday Night Live. Other audience members, however, may find much of the material in the 80-minute show as unnecessarily vulgar -- even bordering-on-the-obscene -- instead of hilarious.
As Bush -- who arrives in an unusual fashion onto Eugene Lee's star-spangled set -- recounts his family history and his past eight years in office, he recalls such nostalgic moments as Dick Cheney behaving with sexual abandon in the White House basement; a dray-horse-like Barbara Bush rescuing her hubby and the male Bush siblings from a gone-awry abandoned-mine excursion in Texas; Dubya's seemingly homosexual tryst with old buddy Dave Rothschild in the 1970s; not to mention a visit from a raunchily gyrating Condoleezza Rice (played by Pia Glenn, part of the show's little-used four-member supporting troupe).
Furthermore, the affable comic -- aided by video designers Lisa Cuscuna and Chris Cronin -- also has the unembarrassed George flash an up-close-and-personal snapshot of what he claims are his private parts. Towards show's end, Ferrell also has patrons shout out their names and occupations so that, Bush-like, he can give them instant nicknames, a bit that's almost sure to guarantee chuckles.
Indeed, even those audience members who are not Ferrell's biggest fans (myself included) may nevertheless end up appreciating the enterprise on a deeper level -- as a masterful character study that accumulates power the longer Ferrell portrays "W" as the affable gladhander and backslapper he's always appeared to be.