Misfits Audio Productions, 2011-12
During the run-up to the presidential election, when the media is dominated
with daily reports of the two candidates' pronouncements, it's pleasant to listen to a comedy series that makes fun of the
whole business of working in the Oval Office.
Mike Murphy's drama focuses on the trials and tribulations of president-elect Richard
Duncan (Joe Stofko), who clearly doesn't relish the responsibilities imposed on him. He trusts almost totally in his
advisor Mergatroid (H. Keith Lyons), who maintains a facade of politeness, even if he believes that his employer lacks any
sense of responsibility. Duncan would far rather shut himself up in the bathroom with his teddybear.
Each ten to twelve minute episode contains some nice jokes: I particularly enjoyed
the one about how Duncan acquired his middle name as a result of his parents drawing lots. I also liked Terry Cooper's performance
as the Announcer, who becomes unwittingly involved in the action and exchanges badinage with Duncan. The president-elect tolerates
him, even though he is basically petrified of his presence in the drama.
I do hope The Administration continues, once the presidential elections
have concluded. The drama offers a welcome antidote to the often overblown affairs, taking place in real life.