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April 20, 2007

Paradise Lost

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