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Pedantic politics

Original post made on Oct 30, 2013

Playwright Kenneth Lin focuses his newest work, "Warrior Class," on the smarmy backroom of politics, where deals are made and careers smashed or launched. It's a timely topic, albeit a "given" in this day and age, and TheatreWorks has mounted a handsome production.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 30, 2013 at 8:02 pm

This was the second worst play we've ever seen during our subscription tenure. Simply horrible on all levels. I don't care if these facts are true or based on similar events -- the play comes across as unbelievable. The characters have no depth or variance to their presentation -- the play gives them little to work with and what they have they waste. The mannerisms and gestures are distracting and don't fit, and the dialogue radically shifts from one emotion to another like a drunken sailor. While I understand that politics are cynically and manipulative, the story is uninteresting and not compelling. I get that this sort of stuff is how things work, and I've seen entertaining [though equally cynical] plays and movies. This play doesn't have anything that draws you in or makes you in any way engage with the story line, characters, setting, or any aspect of what was on the stage. What a disaster. The good news is that Theatreworks usually has one bad play in the lineup each year, so we've suffered through it and now we can move onto better plays this season.