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Seduced by Ayad Akhtar's 'Junk,' the new play that picks apart the Wall Street playbook

Seduced by Ayad Akhtar's 'Junk,' the new play that picks apart the Wall Street playbook

Forget about all the TV pundits and op-ed columnists droning on about America’s problems. Playwright Ayad Akhtar is the diagnostician the nation needs to interpret its faltering health.

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Disgraced,” which was presented earlier this summer at the Mark Taper Forum, Akhtar tackled the American-Islamic relationship in the fraught post-9/11 era. This dinner-party drama, set in an upscale New York apartment, pitted political correctness against reactionary conservatism, exposing the hypocrisies on both sides as the polite conversation spiraled into a rhetorical (and literal) bloodbath.

In “Junk: The Golden Age of Debt,” his...

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