'Coastal Elites' vents about Trump, while raising the bar on quarantine TV

Coastal Eliteswears its heart on its political sleeve, and the disdain for President Trump and all that he represents in this HBO special is searing and palpable. Yet while the five monologues presented don’t seek to convert anyone, they do encapsulate the rage and confusion Trump’s election unleashed within the zip codes that conservatives dismiss, while elevating shot-during-quarantine TV to new heights.

The theatrical aspect of this feature-length production reflects its journey from the Public Theater in New York, where it was conceived, to HBO, evolving to weave the coronavirus outbreak and into the material. Writer/satirist/playwright Paul Rudnick has teamed with director Jay Roach, whose resume of HBO political movies includesRecount,” “게임 변경” 과 “All the Way,” as well as the Fox News expose Bombshell.
Creating best-seat-in-the-house intimacy, Roach has let his extraordinary cast do the heavy lifting, employing modest edits and spare backgrounds to showcase their performances, adding to their rawness and power. Rudnick also shrewdly bookends the piece in a way that heightens its emotional impact, identifying the month when each monologue takes place to chart the course of the pandemic.
This is merely one of several productions shot during quarantine, including Freeform’sLove in the Time of Corona and the upcoming anthology Social Distance 과 “Connecting…” on Netflix and NBC, 각기. Filmmakers are becoming more adept at operating within those strictures, but it’s going to be difficult to top the theatrical electricity thatCoastal Elites” 생성.
    The opening salvo is actually set before coronavirus shut down US society, with Bette Midler’s Miriam, a New York liberal, explaining the circumstances of her arrest to an unseen officer. The scenario, 당연히, involves her animosity toward the president (who she steadfastly refuses to name.)
    Issa Rae in 'Coastal Elites.'

    Before Trump, she suggests, conservatives were tolerableor at least, she could pleasantlygive ’em directions to ‘The Lion King'when encountering out-of-town visitors in Manhattan. 지금, the sight of a “그 자체” hat in her beloved New York City is enough to provoke a visceral response. “We’re all so tired,” she laments.
    An outspoken Trump critic off screen, Midler divinely sets the table for the next three chapters, which each feature a member of thecoastal eliterepresenting different constituencies: A gay actor (“Schitt’s Creek’sDan Levy) whose most recent audition for a superhero role has been complicated by Covid-19, addressing his therapist via video conferencing; an African-American woman (“Insecure’sIssa Rae) who attended prep school with Ivanka Trump, sharing an anecdote about a recent encounter; and a YouTube personality (사라 폴슨) who specializes in meditation and healing, grappling with a return to see relatives in the heartland.
    드디어, there’s Sharynn (Kaitlyn Dever), a young nurse who has come to New York to help during the height of the outbreak therea scene she describes assurreal” — a sobering and emotional finish if there ever was one.
    Rudnick pulls no punches. Each of these distinct voices bring a different perspective to the central thesis, highlighting facets of what has so antagonized those who oppose the current administration.
      The presentation opens with onscreen script that refers to the characters aspeople barely coping with the new abnormal.It’s impossible to separate any of this from politics, 과 “Coastal Elitesdoesn’t pretend to try. But strictly from a dramatic standpoint, Roach, Rudnick and their stars have coped with it beautifully, in a production that probably won’t leave like-minded viewers feeling any less tired, but which does a splendid job of reminding them why.
      Coastal Elitespremieres Sept. 12 ...에서 8 오후. HBO에서. Like CNN, HBO is a unit of WarnerMedia.

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