Theater Review: Star-Studded ‘POTUS’ Is A Raucous, Feminist Good Time
The whip-smart women of POTUS: Or How Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive support, er enable, the unseen president of the United States on the big stage of Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. POTUS, written by Selina Fellinger (The Morning Show) and directed by Susan Stroman, is a hilariously wicked sendup of the traditional White House comedy with a decidedly 2022 twist.
Chief of staff Harriet (Julie White) and POTUS’s long-suffering wife (Vanessa Williams) could easily do the job better. But when the Commander in Chief’s young mistress (Julianne Hough) visits the White House, all hell breaks loose and a hungry reporter (Lilli Cooper) is there to document all the chaos. Mousy assistant Stephanie (the hilarious Rachel Dratch) goes wild when she’s fed some drug-laced “Tums” by the president’s formerly incarcerated sister (Lea Delaria). And it just gets nuttier from there. These women behind the power aren’t just smarter than their male counterparts – they are funnier, too.
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