Eric A. Gordon: The Cruise seems to be part of a trend: Playwrights trying to capture the Zeitgeist are dissecting the current mood of young people’s confusion about goals in life and purpose in work.
Eric A. Gordon: It’s hilarious, partly because we’re hit with all the familiar comforting tropes about the thoughtful, patient, no-drama president versus the boorish, tasteless ogre who pulled off a historic upset.
Eric A. Gordon: Disinherit the Wind does not oppose Darwinism as such, but does observe that the 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life leaves room for further research and refinement.
Eric A. Gordon: The memories brought to the stage seem too personal and intimate to have been invented, but “it is always night” in this play, Anyanwu tells us.
Eric A. Gordon: Filled with period music and the tuneful songs of Lalo Guerrero, Zoot Suit urgently demonstrates the clash between generations in a Chicano family, the rifts between communities in America, and the ways racism and bias can impact a society.