Gridiron 2018 cast members took “Goin’ Loco at the Rococo” as their theme, bringing their audience to the Rococo Theater April 27. It was the 88th annual show for Lincoln’s longest-running singing, dancing and satiric revue of all things not quite right or just plain funny in Nebraska.
The show tossed silly barbs in the direction of the Governor’s office, in part because it was a bewildering year to even try to follow one of its favorite targets – the Legislature. Sad.
But everyone in Nebraska was targeted in a video “Frost Alert!” that mocked the state’s near-obsession with the return of Scott Frost. Would you believe two nerds making a weekly public access cable TV show out of tracking and analyzing the contents of Frost’s grocery cart for clues to the season ahead? Thought you would.
Looking to national politics, Gridiron spoofed the candidacy of Sen. Deb Fischer with such little-known facts as her chairmanship of the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard in the skit “Debbie Does an Ad.”
Gridiron offered up its own Leader of the Free World, who donned a goldish wig and lengthened his red tie to deliver the song parody, “Trump’s Opus,” which referred to the current occupant’s choice of companions and use of Tic-Tacs and then lapsed into unquotability.
Closer to home, Gridiron brought back the cast of the Andy Griffith Show – sort of – to imagine how they might handle the arrival in Mayberry of a freelancing bad apple from the recent Nebraska State Patrol scandals. Even though Aunt Bee was willing to submit to an unnecessary exam in hopes of becoming a member of the Patrol, the men of Mayberry, from Otis the drunk to Floyd the barber, were ready to save her from the errant patrolman.
A special women’s quartet in four-part harmony vocalized their concerns about “Mr. Stebbing,” Lancaster County treasurer, running for re-election with a cloud of questionable car-dealing capers hanging over his head. (Stebbing says there is no problem.) The whole saga is Gridiron catnip.
Also on the Gridiron menu were wandering royalty from the collapse of Omaha’s mythical kingdom of Quivira, and a highly imaginative visit to the Lincoln City Council to see what Council members might really like to say or do about Mayor Beutler’s announced quest for a fourth term.