New York City
One of the books on President Bush’s 2006 vacation reading list was Albert Camus’ absurdist tale of senseless murder, The Stranger. In the hopes that the French philosopher might shed some light on the recent political climate – or vice versa – Mickle Maher’s new play, The Strangerer, collides several of Camus’ works with the first Bush/Kerry presidential debate of 2004. The formalities of the debate are overturned as Bush and Kerry struggle with a question: not if or why an innocent man should be killed (the man in question being moderator Jim Lehrer), but rather, what the proper manner is in which to go about killing him. Parts political satire, classical drama, contemporary debate, and hilarious Bush-isms, The Strangerer is a murder mystery that keeps the murderers in plain view, asking one of the most important questions of our day: Why does our president want to kill a lot of innocent people?
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