Tom Irwin
Review: 'A Parallelogram' as existential riddle
Review: 'A Parallelogram' as existential riddle

A high-toned concept combined with disagreeable characters and a jaded worldview provided the formula for Bruce Norris' bracing retort to "A Raisin in the Sun," "Clybourne Park," the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that became a huge hit at the Mark Taper Forum before heading to Broadway and winning the Tony. The recipe is largely the same for "A Parallelogram," a slick addition to Norris' dyspeptic body of work. Unfortunately, the play, now at the Taper, is less revelatory, an existential riddle that's ultimately more vexing than enlightening. One shouldn't expect solace from a writer as aggressively confrontational as Norris, as anyone who...