‘How I Elected a President’ – Matt Lieberman Spoke, the Deplorable Listened

By Ernest Kearney – Writer/Performer Matt Lieberman and Director Aysha Wax have delivered a slick and amusing “mea culpa” that illustrates how America tumbled into the bowels of political hell while reminding us that we’re edging nearer to the chasm once again.

Lieberman was a wide-eyed innocent who, merrily skipped down the rabbit hole of alternative news and, inadvertently, provided the MAGAverse with one of the clubs used to beat Hillary and the Democrats over the head, in the 2016 election.

How I Elected a President offers insights into the dangers of alternative news sources and is a cautionary tale for the innocent but nevertheless hazardous neophytes.

Two problems hampered Lieberman’s effort here.  He first focuses on his rise within the alternative realm of the internet, then follows with his fall from grace.  Lost in-between is the reason for his “mea culpa” in the first place. Needed is a more detailed explanation of his “sin” and a greater expression of his own sense of guilt and responsibility. Otherwise, his “confession is reduced to an “Oops, my bad.”

The second problem I found may lie in me and not Lieberman, whose show ends with a paean to our democracy and a considerate nod to the likely candidates that will face each other in the 2024 election.

This “considerate nod” to both candidates, I’m sure was a marketing effort intended not to antagonize certain audience members.  However, I shouldn’t need to explain to Mr. Lieberman that it was such “considerate nods” from the liberals of Germany that ended the Weimar Republic in 1933 and welcomed Herr Hitler into their democratic process.[1]    

[1] If you think that my intention here is to compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler – CONGRATULATIONS!!  You’re actually paying attention.


How I Elected a President

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Monday June 17 2024, 6:30 PM | 1hr

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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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