The nytimes theater critic Charles Isherwood penned an odd celebration of this season's collection of male-centric plays.
This is a direct quote, folks:
Is it a reaction against last season, when the New York stage seemed to be overtaken by domineering women? The play of the year, of course, was “August: Osage County,” Tracy Letts’s hair-raising family saga focused on a mother-daughter smackdown. And the most hotly debated and attention-getting performance came from Patti LuPone as Momma Rose in “Gypsy,” a musical that also focuses on a mother-daughter conflict, this one somewhat less savage and partly conducted in song. Whatever the reason, wives and mothers are taking a definite back seat to their husbands, fathers and sons this fall on Broadway stages.
"Domineering women"... alright.
Female playwrights are few and far between on New York stages this season. One would think we're beyond the point where theaters have to be reminded that they should function as a platform from which all kinds of scribes can speak, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Playwright David Mamet also contributed to the nytimes male stew.
Playwright Theresa Rebeck wrote a response to Isherwood's piece. She writes, among other things, that "every year is the Year of the Man" on Broadway.
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