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Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'
Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'

If like me you come from a mixed family, meaning there are conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats boisterously hashing out their differences at the holiday table, you'll have an easy time recognizing the Wyeth clan gathered to celebrate Christmas at the family's Palm Springs compound in Jon Robin Baitz's grippingly entertaining "Other Desert Cities." The play, which opened Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum, invites us to eavesdrop on the hostilities that can't help breaking out even though the occasion is festive and everyone is supposed to be on his or her best behavior. Daughter Brooke (a superb Robin Weigert) has flown in from New York, where she has...

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