Bogosian's revenge on the suburbs evokes despair in a convenience store parking lot By JOE ADCOCK P-I THEATER CRITIC
The original idea went something like this: suburbs are good, clean, nice and safe. Cities are bad, dirty, nasty and dangerous. That was 50 or 60 years ago, a time when "white flight" was in fashion.
Playwright Eric Bogosian grew up in an archetypal suburb: Woburn, Mass, just north of Boston. That was something like 35 years ago, just as the American dream was losing its shine and starting to tarnish. "subUrbia," written in 1994, is his revenge on all that is mean, messy, tacky and sinister about suburbs.
The action, such as it is, takes place outside of that shrine of suburban cheerlessness, a "convenience store." Seven 20-something characters have gathered there, as they often do. But tonight a novelty is afoot. > > > "subUrbia" is not scholarly sociology. Bogosian is not arguing that all suburbs are pernicious for all people. He is offering an idiosyncratic sampling of certain people in a certain suburb, a place with the suspiciously symbolic name of "Burnfield." If one could give advice to his young people, it would have to be, "Run for your life! Get out before it's too late."
How could the author not know that EB's character on CI is Danny Ross, not Gary Ross?
Patrick Roy, 2006 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame