It’s “Obamagate” like you’ve never seen it before.
A new play starring Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) and Kristy Swanson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) that premiered on YouTube this week offers a dramatic retelling of the relationship between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau attorney Lisa Page.
“It’s got everything,” Phelim McAleer, who co-wrote and produced the play, told The Post, explaining why he was drawn to the project. “It’s got a tragic love story, it’s got international espionage, and people taking themselves really, really seriously and not realizing how funny they are.”
The play — staged and filmed at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles before a small audience — revisits many of the juiciest moments of the Strzok-Page drama, including the pair’s repeated statements of disdain for Trump and infamous vows to “stop him” from winning, and the ex-FBI agent’s admission of an extramarital affair.
Written by McAleer and Brian Godawa, the production relies entirely on congressional and court transcripts, declassified files, text messages, tweets, and statements from deep-state brass. Nothing in the script is made up.
The verbatim style is a trademark for McAleer, and follows a similar approach he took for his 2015 effort, “Ferguson,” which was entirely based off grand-jury deliberations following the death of Michael Brown in 2014. The play — which aimed to debunk many of the myths which sprung up around the shooting — proved so controversial at the time that multiple actors in Los Angeles stormed out of its first reading.
“Obamagate” characters include a teddy bear-clutching former CIA Director John O. Brennan, played by Paul Michael Niema; and ex-FBI Director James Comey, played by John James, dressed as a slightly unsettling boy scout troop leader. There is also a hectoring unnamed congressman which McAleer said was an amalgam of Reps. Jim Jordan and Trey Gowdy.
McAleer compared his work favorably to Showtime’s considerably more hyped “The Comey Rule,” which documents many of the same events. He dismissed the network’s glossy production as “humorless, didactic and self-important” and also “full of misrepresentations.”
Credit: Source link