More Me – – on YouTube — on Super Tuesday

February 5, 2008

A couple of clips from the Fall 2007 production of Primary Urges are now available on YouTube thanks to our indefatigable auteur Nicholas Zill. 

Here’s one perfect for Super Tuesday — your favorite cabaret blogger as rabid Obama supporter crashing HRC’s party. The video also features Rachael Goldman as Hillary, Marilyn Bennett, Dough Smith, Michael Bruno and Mary Jane Bruno.

Get ready for Super Tuesday…

January 9, 2008

… by seeing the lastest edition of Primary Urges!!!

The musical revue (featuring your favorite cabaret blogger) returns on Friday, February 1st (8:00pm) and Sunday, February 3rd at 3:00pm at the Writers Center in Bethesda.

There’ll be acombination of previous City in a Swamp material and even some new surprises!

Here’s how to order tickets

Primary Urges Part 6: The Penultimate Weekend

October 31, 2007


The Primary Urges cast: (l. to r.) Marilyn Bennett, Michael Bruno, Rachael Goldman, Doug Smith, Mary Jane Bruno, Michael Miyazaki

 Please come see our show!!!

It’s our next to last weekend.  We’ve got a grip on what we’re doing (i.e. I’ve finally learned the choreography for the closer).  And it’s a charming, fun show — intimate space and a terrific band. 

Primary Urges, Warehouse Theater, Friday and Saturday, 8:00pm.  More info click here.

Jill’s Jottings: Primary Urges

October 19, 2007

“Primary” Season Is Here

City in a Swamp Productions gives the presidential primary season an unofficial kick-off with “Primary Urges,” its witty and smart send-up of the all-American election process.

Part “Damn Yankees,” part “Capitol Steps,” the show centers around a meek congressman (Doug Smith) turned presidential candidate and his sly, Mephistophelian political adviser (Michael Bruno). Along the way, we meet a
well-coiffed Hillary Clinton (Rachael Goldman), the candidate’s wary spouse (Marilyn Bennett), a Lola-like temptress (Goldman), two fresh-faced staffers (Mary Jean Bruno and Michael Miyazaki), and an ardent, very ardent, Obama fan (Miyazaki). Heck, the spirit of Luciano Pavarotti (Miyazaki) even gets in on the fun.

Everyone is terrific, especially Goldman, whose excellent Hillary is replete with spot-on mannerisms and loony laugh, and Miyazaki, whose hilarious Pavarotti warbles a Rudy Giuliani-themed “Message From Beyond.”

The original songs by Howard Bennett and Nicholas Zill are fresh and fun, the skillful choreography by Nkemjika Ofodile makes effective use of the small stage, and the live musical accompaniment at the back of the room makes for an especially dynamic theater experience. Special kudos to percussionist Stan Ismart, whose hilarious sound-effects are courtesy of an amazing gizmo he invented himself.

“Primary Urges” is playing at the Warehouse Theater until November 10. Tickets: $25.  For info, visit or call the Warehouse at 202-783-3933.