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Durst Case Scenario
The Marsh
Review by Richard Connema | Season Schedule

Also see Richard's reviews of The Three Musketeers and Leanne Borghesi at Feinstein's


Will Durst
Photo by Pat Johnson
Will Durst, with his gravelly voice, returns to The Marsh with a new 85-minute solo show called Durst Case Scenario, which is a comedic exploration of how America is changing during the time of Trump. Durst's last show, Elect to Laugh, was presented before the election.

Durst Case Scenario is a lightning-quick farce, a comedic tour-de-force rant. Durst sometimes uses a microphone to blast the Trump administration. He also used archaic overheads as a visual aid, diagnosing the disorder and how to cure it, as if he were a doctor.

The New York Times said Durst is "possibly the best political comic working today." He analyzes where we are, how we got here, and what possible destinations lie ahead. When first entering the stage, Durst wants to know who in the audience voted for Trump. No one raised their hand at the performance I attended, and he began his tirade of the president, with lines like "We're seeing them through to PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder" and "The 45th president of the United States is Donald Trump ... That's the joke." He hits a range of targets, such as Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.

Durst Case Scenario is not just an emotional ride but an electrifying one. It is playful and ludicrous, whimsical and droll, silly and sarcastic, mischievous, incisive, trenchant, profound, and chock full of jokes. It's a unique theatrical experience delivered with the stand-up timing of Will Durst. Don't bring a person who voted for Trump—on the other hand, bring a person who voted for Trump so they can see what a mess Trump has made of the presidency.

Durst Case Scenario plays on Tuesdays though September 19, 2017, at The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco. For tickets and a complete line-up of The Marsh events, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055.


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