Roger Martin, miamiartzine: A challenging piece best watched while leaning forward, perched on the edge of the seat, mouth slightly agape and eyes squinted to catch every nuance skittering through a ninety minute message that all’s not right with a young war widow, her manly dead husband reappearing in flashbacks and her husband’s gay twin brother.
Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune: In her landmark and poetic play, A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry focuses on the idea that a dream deferred becomes a heavy load over time. In his play Dying City, Christopher Shinn cuts deeper, creating a harsher poetry for harsher times, as he explores the weighty effects of an unfulfilled life.
Michael Martin, NOLA Defender: Dying City is about many things (at first I thought 9/11 and the Iraq invasion were mere topical window dressing, but Shinn has ideas of value even about those) but if I were to pick one, I’d say it’s first about the fatal attraction of machismo, in individuals and in nations… this is not a play in which everything will turn out okay if people can just tell each other the hard truth. City is a play in which the ability to hold secrets and sustain lies is all that keeps people going and sorta functional. Dying City is a stone-cold-hearted piece of work.
My “op-ed” from last week’s NYT Opinion app launch party:
Some exciting annoncements recently:
- The Blind Owl in Chicago will be producing The Coming World this August.
- Jackalope Theatre in Chicago announced Four in their upcoming season.
- The Shadowbox in NOLA will host a production of Dying City in July.
- Overseas: a Dying City at Camden Fringe and another at Edinburgh Fringe.
- Ground Up & Rising doing Dying City in Miami this summer.