Rush Limbaugh in Night School Author:Charlie Varon PLAY 1M or 21M, 4W (flexible casting) TIME The near futrue — Right-wing radio personality Rush Limbaugh seems unstoppable. His daily audience has risen to six million listeners. But Rush's manager, the fictional Barry Granatour, has disturbing news: Limbaugh faces a serious rat... more »ings battle with radio rival J. Neil Rodriguez, a Latino commentator. Granatour suggests Spanish lessons. Donning pseudonym and disguise, Rush attends language classes at the New School for Social Research in Greenwich Village, New York City. There he encounters, in the flesh, all the people he has enjoyed mocking on the air: feminists, leftists, environmentalists.
And there he also meets Nina Eggly, a fellow middle-aged student who awakens Rush's dormant romantic urges. Mutual passion flares. What Rush doesn't know is that Nina is really a former Weather Undergrounder, long since chased into hiding by the FBI. There is a Byzantine web of additional plotlines, including a New York Shakespeare Festival production in which Limbaugh is cast as Othello opposite Garrison Keillor's Iago and Jackie Mason's Roderigo, all under the direction of Spalding Gray. The play, framed as a public television documentary, is studded with political and social satire and builds to a wildly farcical conclusion.« less