‘53% Of’ Review: Zinging Pro-Trump Women, and Everyone Else

7/1/2022 10:45:00 PM

A new comedy by Steph Del Rosso starts as a satire of conservatives, then takes aim at progressives. Too bad the jokes barely cut either side.

Theater, 53% Of

Maybe you remember this statistic from 2016: 53 percent of white women voted for Donald J. Trump. A fitful new satire, “ 53% Of ” takes that data point as inspiration to mock both conservatives and progressives.

A new comedy by Steph Del Rosso starts as a satire of conservatives, then takes aim at progressives. Too bad the jokes barely cut either side.

but whatever.)The play begins in a middle-class living room, embellished with “Home Sweet Home” throw pillows and an outsize American flag. The setting is a small city in Pennsylvania. The time is wine o’clock. Four white women, members of a local conservative club called the Women for Freedom and Family Group, have met to toast Trump’s win and to make plans for his visit to their city. They’re joined by a fifth white woman, PJ (Eden Malyn), who arrives in a sweatshirt bearing the Confederate flag. That sweatshirt upsets the other women because it says the quiet part — the racism that undergirds their politics — loud and proud. It helps explain why these women have voted against their own gendered interests.

Read more: New York Times Arts »

Man dies after crashing car, firing gunshots near U.S. Capitol

A 29-year-old Delaware man died in an apparent suicide early on Sunday after crashing his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol and firing shots into the air, police said. Read more >>

Toll now at 53 in San Antonio as families wait for answersA Mexican immigration official says that in the chaotic minutes after dozens of migrants were found dead inside a tractor-trailer sweltering in the Texas heat, the driver tried to slip away by pretending to be one of the survivors

4 people have been charged in the Texas semitruck smuggling operation that left 53 migrants deadFour people have been arrested and charged after 53 migrants died in what one Homeland Security Investigations agent called the deadliest human smuggling incident in US history. 😔🥺 This is outrageous!

4 face charges as death toll rises to 53 in San Antonio trailerSAN ANTONIO — In the chaotic minutes after dozens of migrants were found dead inside a tractor-trailer sweltering under the Texas sun, the driver tried to...

4 men charged after 53 migrants were found dead in trailer in San Antonio, DOJ saysOne of the suspects charged was trying to pass off as one of the migrants, but video later confirmed him as the driver, authorities said.

4 men charged after 53 migrants were found dead in trailer in San Antonio, DOJ saysOne of the suspects charged was trying to pass off as one of the migrants, but video later confirmed him as the driver, authorities said.

No, the 53 migrants who died in Texas didn't likely cross the border in that truckThe trapped people were found after a worker heard someone crying for help. Two experts — one a former Homeland Security Investigations agent — tell NPR how it happened.

more like 47 percent, but whatever.Expand APTOPIX Migrant Deaths Roberto Marquez of Dallas adds a flower a makeshift memorial at the site where officials found dozens of people dead in an abandoned semitrailer containing suspected migrants, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in San Antonio.(CNN) The migrants were found in sweltering conditions inside a semitruck in San Antonio on Monday after an employee at a nearby building heard cries for help.11:36 AM on Jun 29, 2022 CDT — Updated at 7:35 PM on Jun 29, 2022 CDT Update: Revised at 7:35 p.

) The play begins in a middle-class living room, embellished with “Home Sweet Home” throw pillows and an outsize American flag. The setting is a small city in Pennsylvania. The American truck driver, along with another U. The time is wine o’clock., 45, who is originally from Brownsville but resides in Pasadena, Texas, was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges related to alleged involvement in human smuggling resulting in death, according to a US Department of Justice news release. Four white women, members of a local conservative club called the Women for Freedom and Family Group, have met to toast Trump’s win and to make plans for his visit to their city. citizen and two other men, remained in custody as the investigation continued into the tragedy that killed 53 people in the nation’s deadliest smuggling episode on the U. They’re joined by a fifth white woman, PJ (Eden Malyn), who arrives in a sweatshirt bearing the Confederate flag.S.

That sweatshirt upsets the other women because it says the quiet part — the racism that undergirds their politics — loud and proud.-Mexico border.If convicted, both Zamorano and Martinez could face up to life in prison or could face the death penalty. It helps explain why these women have voted against their own gendered interests. After internal squabbles, the meeting devolves — a gelatin salad is thrown — and the actresses return, with slight changes of clothing (jackets instead of skirts), this time playing the women’s boorish husbands. Two more people died Wednesday as the death toll slowly climbed since the discovery of 46 bodies Monday at the scene near auto salvage yards on the edge of San Antonio. It is a month or so later, and the men, also white, have gathered to watch the Trump inauguration. "SAPD officers were led to the location of an individual, later identified as Zamorano, who was observed hiding in the brush after attempting to abscond. Image Grace Rex, Wake, Marianna McClellan and Crivelli, now as a progressive coalition in New York. Officials had potential identifications on 37 of the victims as of Wednesday, pending verification with authorities in other countries, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office. Officials had potential identifications on 37 of the victims as of Wednesday, pending verification with authorities in other countries, according to the Bexar County medical examiner’s office.

Credit.. Identifying the dead has been challenging because some were found without identification documents and in one case a stolen ID. More than 50 people were found dead in an abandoned tractor trailer.. Joan Marcus After a second change, the same actresses return again, this time as an urban collective of the pussy hat-knitting variety. Javier Flores López's family was waiting to find out whether he was on the truck. The set, barely altered, has become a cramped New York apartment in some outer borough. "HSI agents confirmed Zamorano matched the individual from the surveillance footage and was wearing the same clothing," the release read. He had returned home to see his wife and three small children in southern Mexico and was going back to Ohio where his father and a brother live and he worked in construction.

The flag has gone, replaced by feminist ephemera. He is now among the missing and his cousin, José Luis Vásquez Guzmán, is hospitalized in San Antonio, the family said. These women are white, too. Apparently the group had one Black member at one point.S . Authorities were able to locate the men after responding to the semi-truck incident, according to the affidavit. She hasn’t returned. There’s racism here, too, of course, which manifests as enthusiasm and tokenism. Migrants were stopped nearly 240,000 times in May, up by one-third from a year ago. Migrants were stopped nearly 240,000 times in May, up by one-third from a year ago.

Del Rosso’s play is a kind of target practice, and in every act those targets are big.No water or working AC inside trailer, fire chief saidThe refrigerated semitractor-trailer had no visible working air conditioning unit and there was no sign of water inside, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters Monday. But the effect is hit or miss.S. The conservative women crave status and recognition. The conservative men crave women who aren’t their wives.S. "None of these people were able to extricate themselves out of the truck," Hood said. The liberal women mask ego as sanctimony. The truck went through a Border Patrol checkpoint northeast of Laredo on Interstate 35 on Monday, Cuellar and Mexican officials confirmed.

None of this surprises. Henry Cuellar told The Associated Press. (I saw “53% Of” the day after the decision overturning Roe v.. Wade, when in progressive corners of social media, ostensible allies had already begun to turn on one another. It was registered in Alamo, Texas, but had fake plates and logos, Garduño said.) The jokes are very shallow when they could go deep. Flesh wounds only. Republican Texas Gov." "In the past, smuggling organizations were mom and pop. In April, Abbott gridlocked the 1,200-mile Texas border for a week by requiring every truck entering the state to undergo additional inspections as part of his ongoing fight with the Biden administration over immigration policy.

Take for example a moment in which the women contemplate going to a march against police brutality, only to ditch it for a bridal shower, a documentary screening, a date. A note in the script advises that “no one is a caricature in this play. In April, Abbott gridlocked the 1,200-mile Texas border for a week by requiring every truck entering the state to underdo additional inspections as part of his ongoing fight with the Biden administration over immigration policy. Embrace their full complexities. They are treated like commodities rather than people," Larrabee told CNN in a phone interview.” But Del Rosso and the director, Tiffany Nichole Greene, judge these characters energetically, which sours the play and leaves the actresses little space to expand beyond parody, though Anna Crivelli and Marianna McClellan find a few more grounded moments. The driver was apprehended after trying to disguise himself as one of the migrants, Garduño said. The best scene of the play is also the last, in which Crivelli’s Sasha, who is white, goes for a drink with her college friend KJ (Ayana Workman), who is Black. Zamorano lives in suburban Houston and is originally from the Texas border city of Brownsville, according to the U.

(She is the one who bailed on the collective., 45, who was charged with smuggling resulting in death."They were human beings, it was terrible," said Israel Martinez, 68, co-owner of USA Auto Parts.) This dialogue also tackles white privilege, but from a place of greater realism rather than scattershot satire. Crivelli makes us feel Sasha’s good, misguided intentions; Workman delineates KJ’s frustrations with not being seen as fully, fallibly human.S. It’s a sad scene. And a good one. He faces the most serious charges along with Christian Martinez, 28, who is accused of conspiracy and allegedly communicated with Zamorano about transporting the migrants. Zamorano was scheduled to have his first court appearance Thursday.

Here, finally, the aim is true. 53% Of . Zamorano was scheduled to have his first court appearance Thursday.