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Straight White Men / Untitled Feminist Show

Straight White Men / Untitled Feminist Show

By Young Jean Lee
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559365031, 96 pages, April 2020


Provocative playwright Young Jean Lee lends her shrewd perspective to this atypical take on the family drama. A father and his three sons unite and unravel, both aware of and undone by privilege and its pressure. When inherent social expectation conflicts with a desire to remain stagnant, the resulting identity confusion is new territory for the tightknit family. Strikingly observant and curiously drawn, Lee departs from her experimental style to create a naturalistic observation of the most socially unobstructed of our species, the straight white male.


"Goes far beyond cheap satire, ultimately becoming a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man’s existential crisis... mournful and inquisitive."

- Charles Isherwood, New York Times

“A healthy dose of dysfunction that never feels put-on... vibrant, a raucous comedy.”

- Entertainment Weekly

"Ms. Lee's fascinating play . . . goes far beyond cheap satire, ultimately becoming a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man's existential crisis . . . She proves unexpectedly adept at strict naturalism . . . [A] mournful and inquisitive play."

- New York Times

"Gripping... A play of ideas, and very timely ideas at that."

- New York

“Smart, funny and semantically loaded.”

- Molly Grogan, Exeunt Magazine

“Tickles your soft aesthetic underbelly, before easing in the knife of reality… both emotionally satisfying and unflinching in its critique of white-driven social justice. Even toying with stage conventions, Young Jean Lee is radical”

- David Cote, Time Out New York

“A thought-provoking piece that fires in many directions at once... Lee has us hooked.”

- Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

"She sacrifices nothing; bodies, voices, jokes, food, tragedy, cities are all artistic fodder, as are her various selves and the mirthful, bloody life of her imagination."

- New Yorker