Best Play: “Stranger Kindness” by Acme Corporation

Lola B. Pierson and Stephen Nunns’ spiraling adaptation of “A Streetcar Named Desire” was overwhelming to the point that you had no choice but to accept the sensory overload as it washed over, detaching language from narrative by way of a Beckett/Wilder/Brando/feminist canonical text scramble in place of Tennessee Williams’ script, all experienced from behind a chaotic chain of screens and frames-within-frames. We were forced to reconsider what we thought we knew. This organized madness would feel relevant anytime, but at the moment of its post-election premiere, it was at once a mirror and a slap in the face.

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