Other Desert Cities: A Fierce and Funny Political Drama
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"Other Desert Cities" presented an intriguing theme that was hampered, particularly in the first act, by the dialogue. In that act, forced, almost frenetic humor, subtracted from the events. The cast seemed highly professional, but also seemed to be struggling, pushing things as much as the script did, with lines that distracted from the message. The second act came closer to the promise of the story. The confrontation between daughter and parents near the end (that I don't wish to spoil) might well have occupied more of the second act because its genesis needed a more gradual exposition. The slap in the face that the confrontation becomes seemed incongruous given the true nature of what the parents had become. The play was still decent theater, but it contained much more power than it displayed.
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Too much booze, pills, profanity. Lots of yelling. Everyone dysfunctional (except maybe the son). Characters not likable (except maybe the son).
Why is this play garnering such accolades? Beats me.
A disappointing evening at best.
Quotes & Highlights
- Check out a YouTube video preview of The Guthrie's production of Other Desert Cities.
Other Desert Cities
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes, including one intermission.
About the Ticket Supplier: Guthrie Theater
The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. By presenting both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures, the Guthrie illuminates the common humanity connecting Minnesota to the peoples of the world.