‘None of the Above!’ election spoof coming to Carson City
August 9, 2012
A revue featuring songs and sketches spoofing this year’s political jousting comes to Carson City the last three weekends before November’s presidential election.
Bob Reid, who wrote and will stage “None of the Above!” beginning Oct. 19, said he originally intended to produce it in Reno. Conditions changed, so it will be at the Brewery Arts Center.
The Carson City-based author and musician said the show amounts to “Saturday Night Live” meets the presidential election.”
“We’re very excited,” said Tami Castillo Shelton, BAC director of programs.
“Definitely, Reno’s loss is Carson City’s gain. What a neat way to celebrate in the (state’s) capital city with this show.”
The change is from the Reno Little Theater in September to the BAC’s Maizie Harris Jesse Theatre the next month.
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The revue will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 and on Nov. 2 and 3 in the intimate theater setting, which seats 120. Sunday matinees will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 21, 28 and Nov. 4. That is right before polls are open the following Tuesday.
“What a great space to be conversational with the audience,” said Shelton, alluding to Reid’s intention to lampoon relevant issues in timely fashion.
“Nobody gets away with anything,” said Reid, claiming intent to skewer politicos whatever their persuasion. “We’re non-partisan here.”
There is a title song, another named “Oops!” recalling Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s gaffe in a GOP primary debate, and several more that poke fun at pols and the process.
But there is, he said, one serious song on bipartisanship, appropriately named “Somewhere.”
Presidential politics often reach down into swing states like Nevada, and Reid promised that Silver State politicians won’t escape unscathed.
He teased that there may be a song called “The Real Housewives of Douglas County” or some such local reference.
Reid said ailments and other problems developed during rehearsals so he had to change the show’s time and place, but the new venue and timing work well.
“The nice thing,” he said, “is we’re going to be able to do these shows the three weekends before the election.”