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In the LA Weekly,Steven Leigh Morris reviews the new play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose, by Richard Montoya and his sketch comedy troupe, Culture Clash.
Featuring a parade of characters from American history from Bob Dylan, Ben Franklin, Jackie Robinson and Teddy Roosevelt to Ku Klu Klanners, Sacagawea and Emmett Till, the play has been called a fast-paced and trenchantly funny satire.
As Morris describes it, the play follows "Juan Jose, a documented immigrant who falls asleep while studying for his U.S. citizenship exam. He’s still haunted by the drug wars and corruption of his homeland; characters and scenes from the U.S. history he’s been studying toss in his brain and unfold onstage through a picaresque sojourn and series of cartoons."
The gleeful “Night” uses sketch comedy, song and a dizzying number of wigs to survey the glories and pratfalls of the American Dream.
Tickets for American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose are $40 apiece.