With comedy like "Veep", drama like "Scandal" and Sorkin-esque wisdom and sensibility, Dream Ticket by Ryan Bernsten is an aptly timed political play. Republican Senators Leslie Sugarman and Becky Roberts are battling it out for the nomination for President. After spewing insults and personal jabs, the pair decides to team up to create the ultimate dream ticket. The catch is the duo has an intimate history they must keep covered up. With political scandals running ramped, can the deceitful Republicans win the race? Bernsten's play is sharp. His writing his quick. His characters are rooted in stereotypes. It works for this piece. While poignancy was present, Bernten's platform was first and foremost to entertain the masses. And he did that. While it have relevancy outside this political climate? That's debatable.
Kristin Skye Hoffman smoothly staged the production, allowing the momentum to rarely falter. With all the moving parts on wheels, Hoffman's transitions were fast. The costumes from Laurel Livezey were perfectly rooted in Americana. Solid reds and blues tend to be the go-to for politicians so having Leslie in a patterned tie that strayed from screaming politician was a bit problematic.
Dream Ticket is a gentle reminder that if enough people believe the conviction, you may have to settle for the lies you asked for. Let's hope the Dream Ticket mirror doesn't reflect this November.