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Toddler Bangs America

comedy · the ed goodmans · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States

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RICHARD LEVINSON certified reviewer June 24, 2014
Politics, laughs and "bangoo." Yes!... full review
DANIELLE OZYMANDIAS certified reviewer June 25, 2014
Hilarious and heart-rending for anyone with a brain. Powerful satire. ... full review
ABRAHAM BENRUBI certified reviewer June 11, 2014
Oh lord! Corporations are taking advantage of poor little America. Personified in this rollicking comedy by writer / star Ed Goodman, the corporations are literally foaming at the mouth to get their sticky / sweet hands on our persons, body, mind and soul. CJ Merriman, in the role of America, is one hundred percent in, swilling corporate coffee like it was water, alternately raging against her mistreatment at the hands of Toddler Bangs and then begging him for more. The show leaves one feeling a slow burning rage against the over saturation of product and marketing, and one can't help but flip the bird to all the giant billboards on the ride home.... full review
ERIK ENGMAN uncertified reviewer June 12, 2014
America. Land of the free? Or land of the owned? That's the topic that "Toddler Bangs America" discusses in this dark, raw satire on the American industrial complex. We see how the corporations, media, legal system and politicians are all part of the same machine. Is there a way out of it? Can we overcome it? It's a wild ride of a show that's still buzzing around in my brain a few days later. Fantastic acting and directing make this a must-see show. Loved it! ... full review
CHAIRMAN BARNES uncertified reviewer June 12, 2014
tagged as: Agitprop · satire · comedy · greed · political · corporatism
Toddler Bangs America is a sharp, incisive satire of our every-day complicity in the rise of corporate oligopoly and the logical extrapolation of the consequences of Citizens United. Ed Goodman is Toddler Bangs; the charming, slick, fast-talking boyfriend you just can't manage to break up with even though you know you should. The rest of the cast, including MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE, are our surrogates; the victims/abettors/beneficiaries of Bangs' corporate juggernaut. CJ Merriman is hysterical as Bangs' on-again-off-again girlfriend. Robbie Winston plays a well-meaning but over-matched environmentalist and the three form the legs of a tortured love triangle. If you like to see women writhing on the ground eating cheeseburgers then this is ... full review
NATHAN WELLMAN uncertified reviewer June 13, 2014
How to escape somebody who rules the world? Somebody who feeds you, clothes you, and puts gas in your car? These are the questions that not only plague the characters onstage, but the characters in the audience seat. This show never lets you forget that you are a participant in this American drama, with Toddler Bangs even pulling audience members onstage with scripts in hand to further indict us as an involved player in America's destruction, instead of a passive observer. Oh, and did I mention it's hysterical? Expect to frequently alternate between laughing at the evil seductive powers of Toddler Bangs to stinging from sheer helplessness, often at the drop of a whipped-cream-filled hat. Picture one of your favorite megalomanic cartoon ba... full review
NATASCHA CORRIGAN uncertified reviewer June 14, 2014
Thought provoking and hilarious! A high energy indictment of corporate America and the complicit, junkies (read: you, the audience) that love it. Make no mistake, we all share the blame but TBA leaves you belly-laughing at yourself and everyone else in the over-priced coffee queue. It does what all good socially in-you-face theatre should do - have you think twice before you turn your SUV into the drive-thru lane.... full review
MATT RICHTER uncertified reviewer June 17, 2014
Besides being an important comment on the current socio-political landscape in America, this piece is ridiculously funny. It's a really good time wrapped up in a soft tortilla of person responsibility and moral obligation. Go. ... full review
JC KLEIN certified reviewer June 21, 2014
Was a part of this snarky, j'accusatory tale of whoooaaa... and I had a great time. I thought CJ Merriman was sexy and soft and Ed Goodman obnoxiously spot-on, Robbie Winston was the dupe and I felt sorry for him. This is rollicking and roiling and you'll applaud clapping at Mel Brook's swastika in "The Producers." ... full review
DARSHANN SMYTH certified reviewer June 21, 2014
tagged as: political
It was really funny and thought provoking and the actors were top notch. The audience participation was even well done. I laughed out loud a lot which only happens when something is outrageously funny and this show was just that as well as being a good thinking piece that blew my mind on a few occasions. I'd compare it to a Colbert skit on acid. Really, drop everything and GO SEE THIS!!... full review