Who better to make fun of politicians and their staffs than actual Congressional staff members? That's the idea behind "Capitol Steps," a comedy troupe ago that played Off-Broadway for an extended run in 1997. Now the 17-year-old troupe returns to New York for one night only, Mar. 7, for a gig at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. The team formed when Bill Strauss and Elaina Newport were asked to entertain at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Christmas party. "Unable to find three wise men or a virgin for a nativity play, they decided to dig into the week's headlines and hot topics... Since then, they've been performing in Washington and around the country, satirizing the people...that once employed them." Their output includes 16 records, four released during the Clinton administration. Recent recordings include "Return To Center," "The Joy Of Sax," "A Whole Newt World," and "76 Bad Loans." Song parodies include "Return To Center (Viewpoint Unknown)" directed at President Clinton, as are "The Linda is a Tripp" and "The Fondler" (sung to "The Wanderer").
An evening of musical comedy, Capitol Steps changes nightly to keep up with the news. For tickets ($25-$30) and information call (718) 951-4500.
-- By David Lefkowitz