As promised, R.W. Rasband has posted his review of Eric Samuelsen’s new play “Family” to the AML List. It’s a well-written, entertaining review (and I’m not just saying that because I get mentioned in it).
Here’s an excerpt:
“Samuelsen’s play delivers an unusual level of insight and candor about the psychology of ‘ordinary’ Mormons. And how that individual psychology affects in an organic way the other members of the family, and how that family is shaped by — and in turn helps shape — a larger Mormon culture. One observer of the church (I think Harold Bloom) once said that in Mormonism the basic unit of salvation is not the
individual, but the family. I wouldn’t go that far, but Samuelsen’s play certainly illustrates the central place of the family in Mormon thought.”
Nan McCulloch has also submitted a review to the AML List. Here’s a brief excerpt:
“‘Family’ is a comedy, but full of poignancy and pathos. Any person raised in any kind of family can relate to the issues raised in the play. This family just happens to be Mormon.”
Granted, Eric Samuelsen is an active participant on the AML List, but in my experience, that doesn’t get you a free pass when it comes to reviews. So it sounds like ‘Family’ is of the more significant pieces of Mormon drama to come out in a long time and one of the best works of Samuelsen’s career.
From what I can tell, none of the Utah newspapers have reviewed the play — let me know if any of them do, and I’ll update this post.
And go see the play. It runs through March 19 at BYU. Details here.