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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

Description

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.

Reviews

“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

"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

“Smart, funny and semantically loaded. ”

- Molly Grogan, Exeunt Magazine

"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

"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

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

- Entertainment Weekly

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

- New York