Another play I missed off-Broadway at Lincoln Center last season was Other Desert Cities. ODC may be the most perfect family drama to be written in a very long time (possibly I enjoyed it more than ‘07’s August Osage County). It’s the timeless tale of what happens when the scarred daughter of a famous political family writes a tell-all about her brother’s suicide (which was largely, she believes, due to her family’s political doings), and what happens when she comes home for the holidays to tell her family the news that it’s been picked up to be published.
The cast is outstanding. Thomas Sadowski is absolutely heart-breaking as the brother, and Judith Light is hilarious and relentless as the helpless, alcoholic, semi-estranged aunt. The rest of the cast, including Rachel Griffiths, Stockard Channing, and Stacy Keach, are all outstanding in their own right.
Family secrets are revealed and (main character’s) life is turned upside down, her beliefs are completely leveled. I don’t want to give anything away, but ODC is inexplicably brilliant. If you’re under 30, you can get tickets via LincTix for $30 (which is what I did, and I wound up in the front row!). So do yourself a favor and get yourself over to the Booth Theatre ASAP.