THE GOLDEN ELECTION BY MARILYN QUAYLE AND HER SISTER AND THEATER OOBLECK, Theater Oobleck, at Lunar Cabaret. In The Golden Election we’re confronted with time travel, alchemist cults, a subterranean shaman with the power to control history, an omnipotent villain in Green Hornet drag, an enigmatic tin-drummer boy, a puppet-show Oedipus Rex “in the style of Mary Zimmerman,” and a drug bust that scatters white powder over the stage–all before intermission.
The political-themed thrillers written by Marilyn Tucker Quayle–yes, Dan’s wife–and her sister, Nancy Tucker Northcott, are noteworthy chiefly for their right-wing ethos and their total absence of profane language. But Theater Oobleck appears to have drawn its inspiration more from the Indiana Jones canon, catapulting a feisty Mrs. Quayle through a series of Alice-in-Washington discoveries in her quest to get her ineffectual husband elected president in 2000.
Beneath the welter of outrageous revelations runs a decidedly anticapitalist conspiracy theory that comes to seem almost logical, especially when presented by an exuberant ten-member ensemble–though their cartoonish characters were still undergoing much-needed revision at the play’s opening. All this will be obsolete by November 8 of course. Meanwhile The Golden Election provides timely, if juvenile, slam-bang satire.
–Mary Shen Barnidge