Protagonists in drama don't need to be likable. Personally, I'll pass on dinner with the Macbeths, Hedda Gabler, and King Lear (never mind Didi and Gogo, who clearly you can't take anywhere). Each holds, however, a standing invitation to the stage, where good manners count for less than complexity, irony, and wit. Two new plays disappoint not because their main characters aren't model citizens, but because they fail to earn our interest. While a little incentive for emotional investment would be nice, the real trick is to ensnare our imagination.... More >>>