weekly theater guide

Starting in the 1960’s the wacky has held a special place in American avant-garde, non-mainstream theater, a native variant of European absurdist drama (think Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano). Over the years, what was once a political sensibility has ossified into a dead aesthetic. In Men on Boats and Women Laughing Alone With Salad we can see how tiring and empty the wacky has become. Salad is a much better play than Men on Boats, but both would be helped by playing to and abiding by a sense of the real world. Anything goes used to be a sign of anarchic freedom, but has now become the province of our crazed President and a retrograde theatrical aesthetic that needs to end.

For the week beginning November 5, 2018

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