It’s time for another installment of “which of these things is not like the others“.
First, a little background:
When I first read Jon Robin Baitz’ Other Desert Cities, I was determined to premiere this sizzling hot, award-winning drama to Rhode Island audiences. After all, my favorite thing to do as a theatre artist is to tell a great story.
And Baitz’ family drama is one of the most compellingly taut stories I’ve ever encountered.
But don’t take my word for it. Critics from major papers across the nation have agreed. Other Desert Cities is one of the most widely produced plays of the last five years. From the West coast to the East coast to points in between, critical acclaim for Baitz’ writing has been pretty much unanimous.
Meanwhile, here in Rhode Island…
Now, on to our quiz:
Read these quotes from various “paper-of-record” reviews of Other Desert Cities – commenting specifically on Baitz’ craftsmanship, not the individual productions – and guess which is the “Other Theatre City”.
New York Times
“…power, passion with blow darts of wit…richly enjoyable…”
“…exceedingly juicy and superbly crafted…never a dull moment…”
“…not many plays unfold as temptingly….”
“…the writing is so cluttered…clunky…I didn’t really care…”
Los Angeles Times
“…grippingly entertaining…scintillatingly witty…”
Normally I’d reward correct answers with free popcorn but let’s face it, this one was so easy, I’d probably run out of buckets.