April 20, 2007
The Brooklyn Papers
By Christopher Murray
In the Sackett Group’s thoughtful and moving revival of Lanford Wilson’s talky and rather obtuse 1975 drama, “The Mound Builders,” a small, committed group of over-educated white people are struggling to preserve a disempowered community’s hold on a tiny parcel of land against some soulless money-grubbers.
Is it any surprise that the play is being presented within a stone’s throw of the proposed Atlantic Yards mega-development?
But that’s where the similarities end. The play’s preservationists are a cadre of archeologists on a dig in Illinois, and the site is the burial ground of a long-extinct indigenous tribe. The play uses the lost civilization that “vanished without a trace” as a symbol for the frayed connections between the characters, few of whom seem to be able to sustain a relationship without betrayal, cruelty or self-destruction.
NoLandGrab: First Bruce Ratner is recognized as the posterboy for eminent domain abuse, and now he's also associated with "soulless money-grubbers."
Posted by lumi at April 20, 2007 8:04 AM