The Values Horror Show was written as a response to the 2004 US election campaign ran by the Neo-conservatist agenda that claimed to protect “family values” and “the sanctity of marriage.” While proclaiming themselves as defenders of traditional values in America, the Neo-conservatists did not intervene in matters of murder, war, poverty, and genocide that came along. Throughout the play, American traditional values are interwoven with the current policies against ethnic minorities and other marginalized sectors of American society.
Review of The Values Horror Show by Lauren Marks at nytheatre.com. The world according to Susana Cook is an interesting one. She lets the audience know immediately that the world is a dangerous place, but Cook interrogates why it is dangerous and who is making it that way. She draws a quick relationship between fear and God, but focuses more on how fear controls us, keeping us paralyzed from revolting against that which is revolting.