Sarah Palin's Minnesota; or Hindsight is 2011

Though the past 10 years have proven to be tumultuous times for our nation, no situation has been dire enough to escape mocking from the Brave New Workshop, our wisecracking resident chroniclers of contemporary absurdities. Skewering current events with razor-sharp satire, the theater's productions continually imbue keen insights into irreverent wit, demonstrating that no social trauma is impervious to the healing properties of laughter. But for the troupe's latest show—its 273rd comedy revue—the Brave New Workshop is taking a break from the present. Instead, the long-time cast will be looking back at popular sketches culled from the last 10 years. Of course, such a retrospective journey needs a tour guide, and who's better qualified for the position than Sarah Palin? The half-term former governor of Alaska has been a ubiquitous presence since being propped up on the national stage, polarizing political sides with each scripted wink. With her pronounced tendency to equivocate fact with fiction (or, some might argue, inability to differentiate the two), Palin is the ideal stand-in for our contentious times. Unlike the real Palin, however, this parody version actually intends to provoke irrepressible laughter. (Photo courtesy of Brave New Workshop)
Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 & 10 p.m. Starts: Feb. 3. Continues through June 25, 2011

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