Kings

Critics

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40 %

Reviews: 5

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

Fresh from New York, this incisive comedy takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. When Sydney Millsap wins a seat in Congress, she's determined to drain the swamp. Then she meets Kate, a whip-smart lobbyist who gets her clients what they want—whateverthey want. When Kate helps Sydney try to unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result is a “sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny” (Vogue) exploration of money's corrosive effect on politics.

Reviews

As smart and well-intentioned as Kings may be, and as contemporary as it may feel, it also feels just as irrelevant. Trump gets one thing right, if right means so terribly wrong: Politics is personal, and the more personal you make it, the more people pay attention. Kings needs more personal in its political—or a few artfully placed grenades to blow some shit up.

sour - Joel Beers - OC Weekly - ...read full review


Interesting, intriguing, but slightly too tame and a bit of a promising work-in progress, the play basically presents what most of us already know about the lobby-friendly political arena: even if you're a political outsider with a spotless record, actual positive convictions for the greater good, and even a moral line you're unwilling to cross, if you're someone resistant to play the Washington "game," then it's going to be decidedly harder to get yourself elected.

sweet-sour - Michael Quintos - Broadway World - ...read full review


This being a play about politics, the audience implicitly craves knowing whom to cheer and whom to boo. But while two of her principals early on send clear good guy/bad guy signals, Burgess skillfully and doggedly crafts a takeaway that, ultimately, tells us none of these participants can improve how things are. They can't even prevail, just merely persist.

sour - Christopher Smith - OC Register - ...read full review


SCR has assembled a terrific artistic team and given the show this timely production slot. The script, though, is too coldly wonkish. Engage our minds — yes, please, but you'll soon lose us if you don't also capture our hearts.

sweet-sour - Daryl Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Kings is ruthless, direct and exceeding smart as are the actors respectively in this play. There is no attempt to dress up or dress down political pomposity. The dialogs are crystal clear. None of these players is exactly unlikable all the time. They each have their human moments in their whirlwind lives that are enmeshed into a relentless balancing act of ‘what to say' and ‘what to do', which is most of the time on the extreme opposite spectrum. It keeps us absolutely riveted to the ugly, behind-closed-doors intimacies of power. - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Tracey Paleo - Gia on the Move - ...read full review


As smart and well-intentioned as Kings may be, and as contemporary as it may feel, it also feels just as irrelevant. Trump gets one thing right, if right means so terribly wrong: Politics is personal, and the more personal you make it, the more people pay attention. Kings needs more personal in its political—or a few artfully placed grenades to blow some shit up.

sour - Joel Beers - OC Weekly - ...read full review


Interesting, intriguing, but slightly too tame and a bit of a promising work-in progress, the play basically presents what most of us already know about the lobby-friendly political arena: even if you're a political outsider with a spotless record, actual positive convictions for the greater good, and even a moral line you're unwilling to cross, if you're someone resistant to play the Washington "game," then it's going to be decidedly harder to get yourself elected.

sweet-sour - Michael Quintos - Broadway World - ...read full review


This being a play about politics, the audience implicitly craves knowing whom to cheer and whom to boo. But while two of her principals early on send clear good guy/bad guy signals, Burgess skillfully and doggedly crafts a takeaway that, ultimately, tells us none of these participants can improve how things are. They can't even prevail, just merely persist.

sour - Christopher Smith - OC Register - ...read full review


SCR has assembled a terrific artistic team and given the show this timely production slot. The script, though, is too coldly wonkish. Engage our minds — yes, please, but you'll soon lose us if you don't also capture our hearts.

sweet-sour - Daryl Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Kings is ruthless, direct and exceeding smart as are the actors respectively in this play. There is no attempt to dress up or dress down political pomposity. The dialogs are crystal clear. None of these players is exactly unlikable all the time. They each have their human moments in their whirlwind lives that are enmeshed into a relentless balancing act of ‘what to say' and ‘what to do', which is most of the time on the extreme opposite spectrum. It keeps us absolutely riveted to the ugly, behind-closed-doors intimacies of power. - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Tracey Paleo - Gia on the Move - ...read full review