"Realism has no more to do with reality than anything else," said sports novelist Hob Broun. Indeed, reality is notoriously meandering and ambiguous—the opposite of a well-made play. The playwright's job is to create works of art that ring true, or at least abide by imaginary rules. For writers who tackle social issues head-on, this can seem dishonest, but as Broun suggests, even realists... More >>>