If you find yourself in NY, and love really excellent theater, "Other Desert Cities" is a must-see. It had great reviews -- but also sounded as though it was going to be yet another march through politically correct banalities of Left=Noble-Truthful, Right=Heartless-Unthinking-Deniers. So I had passed on seeing it.
But "Clybourne Park" - the award-winning play which is supposed to have a real frisson of honesty about race, yet doesn't tell you anything interesting, doesn't develop characters, and has a kitsch ending to attempt faux profundity - disappointed. I was told that "Other Desert Cities" was a far better play in every regard, and so, fully braced for tedious left-wing screeds, went last night.
It is wonderful. Every character evolves with rich nuance, the actors are each perfect for their parts, all marvelously played, and the plot actually goes somewhere quite moving and unexpected.
And for those who are bored to tears of the politically trite, while there are the anti-GOP and Iraq war rants, the author isn't buying into the idea that that one side has a monopoly on virtue and truth, but clearly sees that we are all complex: in the end the liberals have their self-congratulatory hypocrisy and narcissism exposed, and those heartless conservative parents turn out to have more selfless heart and consideration than anyone else on stage.
The theater wasn't completely sold out, and it really should be. So if you are in NY, go see it. It's a treat, a really rewarding evening of what theater should be but so rarely is. Marvelous stuff.