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‘Obama Spy Drama’ comedy has world premiere at ACME

The world premiere engagement of a new comedy “Obama Spy Drama” by Nicholas Zill with additional dialogue by Derek Jeremiah Reid and Karen Zill is currently on stage at Acme Comedy Hollywood. Directed by Caitlin Hart and produced by Nicholas and Karen Zill for City in a Swamp Productions the show features (in alphabetical order) Dan Amerman, Natascha Corrigan, Matthew Harris, Max Lawrence, Guillermo Lozano, Arielle Siler, Christopher Robert Smith and Beth Triffon.

Beth Triffon (l.), Dan Amerman, Max Lawrence, Arielle Siler, Matthew Harris, Natascha Corrigan, Guillermo Lozano, Christopher Robert Smith.
Kate Hagerty

With the Winter Olympics in full swing and recent attempts to reign in NSA spying, the time is ripe for musical comedy with a Russian accent. And that’s what “Obama Spy Drama,” the new show from City in a Swamp Productions, provides in abundance. Along with musical parodies, the satire is filled with spy agency intrigue, romantic complications and a display of international muscle.

More than anything, President Obama wants NSA leaker Edward Snowden brought back to the U.S. “Obama Spy Drama” reveals just how he accomplishes that. To help the President, the CIA deploys a powerful new weapon, a pheromone spray guaranteed to make the victim “follow you anywhere.” In the hands of luscious temptress Dania Suarez (an old “friend” from the Secret Service’s Colombian adventures), the elixir will do its trick. But when it overpowers the wrong person, things get complicated.

Even though President Obama has chosen not to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics, he will have to go to Russia after all and face Vladimir Putin in a competition of Olympic proportions. But wait—isn’t that President Obama romancing Michelle back in the White House? How can that be, if he’s in Russia? And has Putin fallen in love with Edward Snowden?

Music (pre-recorded) is provided by the Rock ‘n’ Ridicule band: Gene Black (guitar, mandolin), Skip Edwards (keyboard), Jerry Sommers (drums), Chuck Wright (bass). Choreography by Kara Karstedt and fight choreography by Douglas Oliphant are also featured.

“Obama Spy Drama” performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through March 30, 2014. Tickets are $20 and $23, $30 at the door. Advance $23 tickets include 20% discount at Amalfi Ristorante (next door). Call 626-274-1745 or visit

Acme Comedy Hollywood is located at 135 N. La Brea Ave. in Hollywood.

City in a Swamp Productions is based in Washington, DC and specializes in political satire and musical comedy. "Obama Spy Drama" is the company’s fourth show in the LA area. Its first LA show, "Rock ‘n’ Ridicule," ran at Acme in 2010. Shows in 2011 ("Oh, Momma! And Obama") and 2012 ("How Obama Got His Groove Back") ran at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. Information on past productions is at

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