BOTTOM LINE: Will Arbery searches for “something true” in conservative rhetoric.
Will Arbery's epically named new play Heroes of the Fourth Turning takes its title from the controversial Strauss-Howe generational theory, which is excitedly voiced by own of his characters. According to authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, history occurs in a series of four recurring generations, or turnings—High, Awakening, Unraveling, Crisis. We are now in Crisis....
BOTTOM LINE: This is the kind of monologue that will make you feel better about life.
BOTTOM LINE: What is the creature that walks on spectacular sets in the morning and barely any sets at all in the evening? If Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra is a Sphinx's riddle, this halting production hasn't solved it.
BOTTOM LINE: With a few standout moments and some melodies well worth excavating, Fifty Million Frenchmen is a frilly Cole Porter minor work that's been lightly dusted and deposited at the York.
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