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'The Why' revival at Blank Theatre sparks fresh questions
'The Why' revival at Blank Theatre sparks fresh questions

Comedy isn't the genre that springs to mind when one thinks of school shootings. But that is the unusual — and not insensitive route — Victor Kaufold, a fledgling 19-year-old playwright, took in responding to the tragedy that has come to be known simply and mournfully as Columbine. "The Why" is currently being revived at the Blank Theatre where it had its world premiere in 2000, and it is our national disgrace that the play's spiraling satire hasn't lost its currency in the intervening years. In terms of playwriting craft, this is the work of a novice, but a thoughtful novice who knows the gadfly sting of laughter. Mixing what might be called tragic...

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