by Mark Cofta
[ one-man show ]
Reporter and actor Dan Hoyle left his liberal elite friends to spend three months in his van — sleeping in parks, front lawns and Walmart parking lots — talking with residents of the red-state small towns Sarah Palin calls "the best of America." In his solo show The Real Americans , which receives its East Coast première this weekend, Hoyle finds the white, blue-collar fundamentalists the Queen Teabagger adores, but also a surprising diversity of characters, from an anti-war gun salesman and a Dominican-born vet who fought in Afghanistan, to reformed hippies and Reaganite Democrats. The San Francisco Weekly calls The Real Americans "political theater that succeeds in expanding rather than contracting its audiences' horizons." Now more than ever, we need Hoyle's attempt to understand the disconnect between Palin Country and Obama Nation.
Thu.-Sat., Nov. 11-13, 8 p.m., $25, Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., 267-402-2055, firstpersonarts.org.