“David Byrne’s American Utopia” is the perfect first post-pandemic theater to see. It is unlike anything you’ve seen before – unless you’ve seen IT before. It is exuberant, joyful, mesmermizing, moving, thoughtful and fun! It is also completely safe. Vaccinations, ID and masks required.
If you see one play this year, make it The Lehman Trilogy. Tracing over a century of capitalism writ large, the play dramatizes the history of an empire, from a one room dry good store to high-flying international finance. First and foremost, however, The Lehman Trilogy is the story of family, of relationships, emotions, ambition, overreach and folly. It is the story of America.
At the end we see the four people whom fate has chosen to wrap up in all the paper that the world has to bestow. It is a charming essay on the interconnectedness of everything. But an essay is often cerebral to the point where the heart is barely involved. That was the case here. In the end we are interested in these characters but not concerned or involved.