In early 2012, Quiara Alegría Hudes won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. A year later, her prize-winning work, Water By the Spoonful, a play about addiction and redemption among a sprawling Puerto Rican family in North Philadelphia, arrived at the Second Stage Theatre for its New York debut. It was an admirable work if not an ideal one. Now Ms. Hudes has returned to the same theater with The Happiest Song Plays Last, the final play in a trilogy about this clan, which opened Monday night. And once again, the play isn’t perfect, but there’s an awful lot to like.
The central relationship here is between two strong-willed cousins, Elliot (Armando Riesco, reprising the role), an Iraq war vet, and Yaz (Lauren Vélez), the one who got out—a classical musician with a prep school scholarship, an Ivy League education and a Center City penthouse—but then came back, to settle into her late Aunt Ginny’s role as neighborhood protector.
Do you want to be a go-getter like those ambitiously inspired types on Scandal? They all have hopes! And dreams! And will achieve them, no matter what kind of torture-laden machinations or relationship-killing secrets they have to endure. This week’s episode, “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies,” was chock-full of advice for the budding Scandal-ite:
Parks and Decapitation
First came the mumps, now the measles? Read More
Tilden Do Us Part
Animals are simply losing their heads over Brooklyn’s parks. Read More
Panhandle With Care
Beachcombers will likely have their fenced-off hangout back before summer, minus the shards of metal and concrete. Read More
More than 270 people have been handcuffed as of Sunday, compared with just 90 in the same period in 2013. Read More
Don’t think they’ll be letting him off the hook any time soon. Read More
Around the town
Drew Friedman is a great American illustrator. Without the benefit of historical perspective, it is perhaps too soon to evaluate, but it’s not a stretch to mention him in the same breath with artists like Norman Rockwell, NC Wyeth, and Jessie Willcox Smith. Read More
Newsweek is sticking by its scoop that it unmasked the founder of Bitcoin, despite the man’s denials to the Associated Press. No matter what, people are talking about Newsweek‘s revived print edition. So that’s something. (Gawker/Newsweek/AP)
Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Chicago yesterday for a panel discussion with three of his most high-profile colleagues, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Atlanta’s Kasim Reed and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel.
With political consultant David Axelrod leading the conversation, the group acted like a lineup of old friends, ribbing each other over recent weather woes, and joining together to herald the role of cities and criticize the federal government’s lack of investment in them.