“ Saw this play last night and had to walk out early (I gave it until the half-way mark). For being a "comedy," there sure weren't a lot of jokes. Just saying buzzwords about immigrants/queer folk/politicians is not enough--they aren't funny in and of themselves. It was very lazily written, and I can't believe the Getty would attach itself to something so poorly conceived and executed. The opening scene was mediocre: cheesey in a forced way with no real substance. From there, it did not improve. The Hercules scene was miserable and very cringy--jokes about machismo culture can be funny, but it helps if there are jokes to begin with. It came across as just insulting to women and queer people.
The lead actor was constantly laughing at his own lines, and his audience interaction was limited to shouting the word "cougar" over and over again. One of his favorite interactions was, "Are you a jaguar or just a cougar?" He thought it was hilarious. IT WAS NOT A JOKE. And what was that cocaine scene? Just overly hyped cocaine use isn't funny on its own; it was like watching someone beat a dead horse; as if they took a punchline with nothing attached and thought it was genius. I feel that the writers were relying on shock value from start to finish, but it wasn't even that shocking or crude. It was extremely lazy.
The only thing that shocked me was that the Getty would attach itself to something so poorly conceived and executed. ”