A year after her husband’s death, a young therapist is confronted by the twin brother she has been avoiding.
“A political play and also a psychodrama about what Arthur Miller called the politics of the soul… The finest new American play I’ve seen in a long while.” – John Heilpern, New York Observer
“This play has a remarkable reach. Shinn is skilled at the betraying pause, and the gaps between words are packed with meanings, unspoken questions and distress.” – Maxie Szalwinska, Metro
“Carefully plotted, asking big questions, without being overt or preachy. Some of those questions involve the Iraq War, but as a symptom of something that’s both more personal and more political: the split personality of a country whose misogynistic fathers have always believed in regeneration through violence.” – Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“In its wrenching revelations, its vitriol and unsettling conclusion, Dying City packs the sort of emotional wallop we ascribe to works like Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” - Jim Carnes, Sacramento News and Review
“Combining the scrupulous attention to detail of a fine short story writer with the imaginative freedom of a path-breaking dramatist, Shinn proves himself to be a dramatist whose work throws acute light on the internal havoc driving our American waywardness.” - Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
“A low-simmering psychological mystery, the sort of sophisticated evening that comes to a satisfying end without the burden of a thorough explanation.” – Peter Marks, Washington Post
“Compact and profound.” – Kieron Quirke, Evening Standard
world premiere: Royal Court Theatre, 2006
pictured: Lincoln Center Theater, 2007. Directed by James Macdonald. Photos by Joan Marcus.