Sept. 9—Oct. 6 $25–$72.50
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St. NW, Washington, DC
(202) 393-3939
Detroit is never named in Lisa D’Amour’s play Detroit, which could be set in the car-required suburb of any recession-addled American city. It’s a tale of two couples, a few rungs apart on the socioeconomic ladder, with adjoining backyards. (One can easily imagine it as a Dr. Seuss book about two furry families whose tree-dwellings share a common branch.) Sharon and Kenny met in rehab and are making a fresh start; the more financially comfortable Mary and Ben are weathering a pressure change in their relationship since Ben was laid off from his job as—irony alert—a loan officer at a bank. Over burgers and beers—and occasionally, Mary’s more foodie-fancy, status-affirming hors d’oeuvres—they reveal their dreams. By which I mean they talk freely about their literal dreams. The ones they have while they’re asleep. D’Amour wisely doesn’t lean too hard on trying to send up suburban idyll. She came here not to bury this ruined Eden, but to mourn it. [CK]

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