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1980 (or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson)

1980 (or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson)

Courtesy Jackalope Theatre

1980 (or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson) 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 2 2017
Price: $25-$30, $20 students and seniors
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In 1980 John Anderson was a U.S. congressman from north central Illinois, mounting a pro-feminist, anti-trickle-down independent campaign for the presidency against Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. His story should carry loads of resonance after Sanders/Clinton/Trump. But playwright Patricia Cotter ignores all the pesky issues and echoes it raises. Hell, she pretty much ignores the race itself. Instead, she uses Anderson's bid as the occasion for a coming-of-age comedy set at a campaign office and chock-full of sitcom-esque contrivances, including a rich-bitch conniver and a staff romance that seemingly happens only because the format demands it. Still, if 1980 is a disappointment, it's at least an amusing one thanks to Kaiser Ahmed's assured direction and engaging cast. Hillary Horvath, in particular, manifests more than the requisite charm as Kathleen—i.e., she who comes of age. —Tony Adler

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