On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover

On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover definitely wins the title of most intriguing show title at the Fringe, and it’s definitely worth seeing for the demented, skewed logic of why Richard Meros, B.A. should be Hillary Clinton’s young lover.

It’s a terrifying thought that this Kiwi’s politico-sexual quest could actually save democracy from implosion.

Taking the form of a comedy lecture, Meros describes his thesis as “the New Gettysburg address of American politics”, so you know from the outset that he’s utterly deluded. This is a madcap rollercoaster ride through the world of global and gender politics shot through with some ingenious logic with bizarre conclusions. Meros’ basic argument is that Clinton running to be President of the United States goes against everything people say she can and should do, ergo she should also take a young lover to eclipse any scandalous outrage Donald Trump could ever dream of releasing upon the American public. Hailing from New Zealand, Meros outlines why he, a well-educated, non-smoking, teetotal, white male from a neoliberal, capitalist, Westernized country should be the one to form a rather different Trans Pacific Partnership with Mrs Clinton and unite the Millennials with the Baby Boomers. It makes sense if you completely ignore all the gaping holes in his logic, but then again it takes a lot of intelligence on Meros’ part to act this stupid.

It’s an engaging, if slightly terrifying, performance – after all you are trapped in a tiny lecture theatre with a madman – and you even get the opportunity to become part of his campaign to become Clinton’s boy toy. We get to film his video proposals and you also get a postcard to send to Hillary for America to advocate Meros’ aptitude as a piece of arm candy for Mrs Clinton.

It’s a terrifying thought that this Kiwi’s politico-sexual quest could actually save democracy from implosion, but rest assured that Homeland Security is “keeping an eye on him”. I’d recommend you keep an eye out for him too as he’s one of the performers that you absolutely should not miss.

Reviews by Liam Rees

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The Blurb

A brilliant comedy lecture. By a dashing Kiwi academic. On a politico-sexual quest. To save democracy. From itself. He has a nuclear PowerPoint presentation and a Bachelor of Arts. He’s manifestly destined for America’s Next Top Momma. He’s winning hearts and swinging voters, but time is running out. This brilliant, absurd and delightful State of the Nation's address premiered at La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York. 'Demented' (New York Magazine).