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The Ultimate Stimulus

  • Theater, Comedy
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Despite rejection from TED Talks, lawsuits filed against her and forced cancellation of college-speaking gigs, Amanda McCloud (Tanya O’Debra) is still eager to share her solution for ending the income gap—by bringing back the ancient tradition of concubinage. In Felipe Ossa’s clever political satire, McCloud tries to persuade us to level out economic inequality by requiring the superwealthy to adopt random, low-earning citizens as sex slaves, on a rotating basis, every two years. By proposing master/concubine relationships, illustrated with Max Wolkowitz’s projections (Walmart heir and billionaire Christy Walton is trotted out for several hypothetical scenarios), we see McCloud’s preposterous, radical, even hilarious plan for America in graphic detail. McCloud is an impassioned, quirky perfectionist, begging to be understood, but O’Debra’s performance feels a touch too robotic. Though occasionally stimulating, the experience is ultimately not so different from a lackluster lecture—or a pompous TED Talk.—Derek Smith

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