This new drama pulls the audience into a Washington, D.C. basement conference room for an intense experience of how we code and decode others and ourselves through our imaginations. More…
Sarah MacIntyre, a presidential appointee parachuted into the Foreign Service, has been assigned two wary young diplomats to develop her pet project: New Training Scenarios for the Resolution of Intractable Global Situations. The three begin to role-play, led by a charismatic woman experienced in persuading men to lay down arms. Suddenly, a rebel group lashes out in a distant country, destroying the tenuous peace recently negotiated by McIntyre. The women’s role-playing becomes increasingly charged, pushing them deeper into the bodies and minds of violent insurgents. Meanwhile, as Washington undergoes its own regime change, their work becomes active weaponry for Sarah’s political enemies.
See it if Banner tries to build up a dramatic situation but fails. What should be strong characters are more like Nancy Pelosi puff balls.
Don't see it if If you want a suspenseful play that leaves you on edge. Banners characters are weak.
See it if you love thrillers and plots featuring cut-throat competition, and/or you're interested in plays about politics, US foreign affairs, or govt
Don't see it if you care about "character likeablility," or you don't like plays having unanswered questions or details, or mental note-taking
See it if you have an interest in U.S. politics, particularly international relations, and want to see good performances.
Don't see it if you want a cohesive story line. Or if you want a satisfying ending. I'm not sure what message the play was trying to convey.