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December 2012

Under us all moved & moved us

by Kevin D. Williamson

On Grace, Einstein on the Beach, and Krapp's Last Tape.


Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington, Paul Rudd and Ed Asner in
Grace at the Cort Theatre. Image © Joan Marcus.

The presence of Hollywood Sandinista Ed Asner should have been a warning. Grace is a play about evangelical Christianity, entrepreneurship, and matrimony brought to you in association with the former president of the Democratic Socialists of America. You will not be surprised to learn that it is not very good. There is some decent writing and a very fine performance from the great Michael Shannon, lately of Boardwalk Empire, whose paranoiac take on the American everyman made last year’s Take Shelter a memorable piece of work.

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Kevin D. Williamson is the theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure (HarperCollins).


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 December 2012, on page 54

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