George is more or less about those famous events of 1776, with much liberties taken for the sake of comedy. Our George Washington (you can call him Papa, not King) is a lovable doofus (played by the playwright Joey Hamburger). When he takes too much sleeping medicine and his two squires John Hancock (Erika Kuhn) and Thomas Jefferson (Michael Rogers) accidentally kill him, they prop him up and pretend he's still alive and leading the fight for independence, leading to some beautifully choreographed and performed physical comedy. But really it's Hancock and Jefferson rallying the troops and wooing heiress Liberty Freedombell (Iris Rose Page), whose money they're hoping can help fund the revolution. Despite this mess, and the interference of the super sneaky spy Benedict Arnold (Robb Goetzke) working for King George (scene stealer Madeleine Rowe), our heroes prevail after a fabulously fun battle of swords, guns, and fists.
|the cast of George|
If you're staying in town for the holiday and are looking for some fun and festive theater to celebrate the occasion, look no further than George. Performances are at 7:30 Wednesday through Saturday at the Phoenix Theater in Uptown (click here for more info).