Luther by Ethan Lipton
April 5 - May 4, 2013
"hilarious and horrifying....
an excellent play that explores how we alternately
demonize, deify and finally ignore our wounded warriors"
A ferocious satire in which a society dealing with its own form of PTSD adopts out traumatized veterans in a manner somewhere between the ASPCA and the Foster Parents Plan.
Well-intentioned, high-strung parents Walter and Marjorie love Luther to a fault. But should they have brought him to the office party?
"Lipton's brilliant, unsettling conceit anatomizes liberal America’s squeamishness about soldiers. Often, we either patronize them, paying lip service to the value of military service while secretly deploring the violence they’ve been trained to commit, or we infantilize them, seeing them as helpless victims of poverty and policy. Either way, they’re both an abstract quantity and somewhat less than autonomous adults." -The Village Voice