Esquire: The Side of Denis Johnson You Never Knew

One of the play’s greatest distinctions, at least for me, is that it feels less like a narrative and more like life, like watching an actual party. Sometimes the best plays don’t come across as plays. Narratives, especially traditional ones, can sometimes seem unrelated to actual life. Life is not a story. As a theater-goer at Des Moines, I felt like I had sagged onto a couch in that same second-floor flat, surrounded by despairing, joyous and drunken friends of a single night, spying on their wild, impromptu get-together that came about as spontaneously as a plane crash. There was chaos, unpredictability, pain, pleasure, and kindness.”

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Posted on December 20, 2022 at 2:51 pm

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