Paulie the Paperclip, seeking to be the first paperclip ever elected to the Connecticut state legislature, appeared before the International Brotherhood of Office Products (IBOP) Monday night seeking their support.
The president of the IBOP delivered a rousing tribute about what a difference Paulie has made in bringing papers of all different colors and pound weight together. At that, members of the Forestville Industrial Singers (FIS), who were in attendance and Paulie supporters, stood en masse and sang a pitch perfect and beautiful rendition of “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” from “Cabaret” in the key of B to show their support.
Later they triumphantly passed the tiny two inch wire paperclip around like he was the Stanley Cup.
FIS performed abridged versions of some popular standards and contemporary works then fielded requests from the stunned audience.
Following the speech and the tunes, the still open jawed audience adjourned to Sporty’s Cafe and reviewed the performance over a pint.
The first reviews to come in were negative as expected.
“I found the choreography trite and the costumes passé.”
– Liz Smith, NY Post
“A dreadful, lifeless, yawn fest. The best I can say is pass the Sominex.”
Rex Reed, The New York Observer
“No one was arrested so it is not worth our time to offer a review.”
The Bristol Press
Theatre critics, especially New York theatre critics, can be harsh but not all the reviews were bad, however.
“The rendition of Tomorrow Belongs to Me was terrific fun.”
The Bristol Observer
“I felt like I was at a feel-good musical. Is there a matinee?”
David Manning, Ridgefield Press
“The most fun I have had at an office products event ever!”
The tough little paperclip realizes he has a hard battle ahead with no support from the establishment so he was unfazed by the reviews, and plans to do more street performance art while campaigning around Forestville. “I will mime my speech to the Chamber of Commerce and unveil my economic plan with balloon twisting at the People’s Socialist Party Convention later this summer.”