The Christian Republican Fundraiser in Dayton Tennessee
Best of the Fringe
Written by Grant Tilly
Directed by Grant Tilly and Ed Sahely
Starring Jason Chesworth, Jonathan Ellul, Jason O’Brien, Kate Unrau, Jackie English and Albert Howell
At the Diesel Playhouse until Sunday
The Diesel Playhouse picks the Best of the Fringe for a second coming. A giant hit this year is The Christian Republican Fundraiser in Dayton Tennessee, a hilarious country rock musical by Grant Tilly.
The premise is outrageous. The Republican right wing is holding a secret fundraiser with the heads of mega-corporations in Dayton, Tennessee. The hired band called God’s Country is really a group of liberals. Complications arise when lead singer Jackson comes on to the host’s virginal 26-year-old daughter. The talented four-member band can not only sing but act, while the right-wingers hold their own.
With toe-tapping songs like “Mormons Won’t You Love Your Gay Children?” and “Outbreed the Red Whites to Blue”, how can this show miss? Tilly and Ed Sahely have co-directed the musical with just the right touch of sly satire. This riotous show deserves a commercial run.
The Christian Republican Fundraiser in Dayton Tennessee continues at the Diesel Playhouse until Sunday.