Hey, Drama Critics
Go ahead and rave an ambitious play like August: Osage County, if you must. But at least warn us if it contains the following line, which some discerning customers might consider a dead giveaway of its actual quality:
I’m white and over 30 — I don’t get in trouble!
“This is absolutely a political parable,” says August’s playwright Tracy Letts, in the program notes to the Los Angeles production of his big hit. Well, political parables are known to corrupt art, and absolute political parables…corrupt even more than non-absolute ones.