Plays about defeat have a reputation for discomfiting audiences; they tend not to get produced all that much except when, as now, a regime shows signs of cracking under the weight of its own arrogance and overextended powers. Henry James's famous apothegm, to the effect that a failure was always something that a success somehow ineffably wasn't, may give heart to the more cerebral among the losers, but rarely produces a run on the box office. Tragic heroes, who dare all and get smashed by destiny, may be admirable; losers, whose every bold step forward is matched by two hesitant steps back, are a different... More >>>