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WASP is a good, hard look at the good ol’ days. The audience spends 40 minutes with a “typical” mid-20th-century, white, Christian, nuclear family: the overbearing yet detached father, the dreamy dramatic daughter, the seemingly lost teenage son, and the all-but-invisible homemaker mother. But what seems simple on the surface is complicated underneath. This family has drama in spades. Racism, sexism, and class struggle are all addressed with dizzying speed. We are also given a glimpse of the characters’ inner narratives, showing how different these WASP-y caricatures are on the inside, and how hard they work to suppress that. Written by Steve Martin in 1996, the dialogue is smart, sharp, and fast, and uncomfortably relevant to the 21st century. There is laughter throughout, but sometimes it’s nervous. The four lead actors make these characters into more than satirical cartoons. We want to like this family, but we don’t want to be like them. -Erin Wallace


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