Some Make it Hot
City in a Swamp Takes on a Festering Planet
As glaciers melt and Barack, Hillary, and John pour cold water over one another’s schemes to save the Earth, Washington’s newest musical political satire troupe – City in a Swamp Productions – turns up the heat with its latest show, SOME MAKE IT HOT. This “locally-grown, organically-produced eco-mystery musical” was written by the same team that penned the company’s premiere shows in 2007, Persons of Interest and Primary Urges.
With music by Howard Bennett and book and lyrics by Nicholas Zill, the show will run during April and May at the Sitar Arts Center in Adams Morgan.
SOME MAKE IT HOT satirizes the goings-on in environmental politics: corporations that “mean to be green” without actually changing their exploitative practices, a Senator who can’t resist corporate green, and an environmentalist who’s given to pulling “eco-pranks.” Things become interesting when the
prankster is accused of murdering a prominent lobbyist. He turns for help to the Senator’s attractive but reluctant legislative assistant, a devotee of eco-tourism who inadvertently ends up in a training center for eco-terrorism. The dead bodies that turn up along the way are not just fish that washed up out of the Potomac.
The Washington City Paper described the satire in City in a Swamp’s shows as "fresh and accessible." Potomac Stages praised the "clever triple rhymes… and catchy tunes" of its musical numbers, and the New York Times Politics blog noted the "first-class puns" and expert portrayals of well-known political figures.