And so writers now apparently desire, more than they did a decade or two ago, to tell stories through the theater, to help us perceive how the inhabitants of a civil society connect, and the dangers that strike when they forget how to do so. For some time now, scripted plays have been looked down on by academia and the avant-garde. The text as company assemblage or directorial opportunity has been exalted. But the playwrights, awaiting their chance, have learned to adapt their strategies to slip past the theoreticians' schematic rubrics. While they waited, American society crumbled. Now, when it needs them, they step forward. They take their tactics from today, their rigor from the great modernists of a century ago, and their cue from their precursor Gertrude Stein, who said, "A landscape is such a natural setting for a battlefield or a play that one must write plays."

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northernmayflower
northernmayflower

You know what they say about critics: They know their way there but they don't know how to drive. I think it's time for Mr. Feingold to find something else to do. He lost his credibility years ago. I can't believe he's still yammering.

 
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