NEW YORK — Given today’s ultra-liberal legit landscape, it was inevitable that a couple of the scribes asked to write short plays for Manhattan Class Co.’s benefit at Circle in the Square on Monday night would interpret the title “Escape: 6 Ways to Get Away” as a reference to Democrats wanting to fly the coop in the wake of George Bush‘s re-election.
In a vignette by Peter Hedges, Mary-Louise Parker‘s character rolls her eyes at her husband’s anti-Bush fervor and shows sympathy to a fellow soccer mom, played by Audra McDonald, whose husband’s love for the U.S prexy spills over into their bedroom banter.
“He calls me Condi,” she blurted.
In Jon Robin Baitz‘s “My Beautiful Goddamn City,” Maria Tucci‘s character tries to convince her Republican-hating sister, played by Kristen Johnston, not to move to Paris.
Apolitical characters included Sandra Bernhard‘s lounge singer in “Miami,” co-penned by Wendy Wasserstein, and Mos Def‘s pathetic, anxiety-ridden comedian in Neil LaBute‘s “Stand-Up.”
Def’s character comes out of the closet during his routine but then reveals to his audience that it was all a sham.
Also performing: Amanda Peet, Juliana Margulies and Beth Fowler.