Theater Review: “Laura’s Bush”

Here’s a review of the play by SF Chronicle critic, Robert Hurwitt, with “mixed” results. He finds that the play had a rather “snappy” staging, but faults the playwright Jane Martin (a pseudonym…thought by some to be Jon Jory , who was artistic director of the Humana Festival for New American Plays) for some missed opportunities.

The plot: “Bush” begins with Dodie Dodson (Jean Johnstone), a stereotypically repressed, small-town Kansas librarian, visiting (by mistake) the local dominatrix, Desiree (Joyful Raven Simpson). Dodie explains to Desiree how she’s decoded Laura Bush’s blinked SOS messages from TV appearances and enlists Desiree in a plan to rescue the first lady when she visits their library.