Off-Stage

Reading the Tony Nominated Plays

Is Broadway too distant or expensive? Then why not read the plays nominated for tonight's Tony Awards? Dwight Garner does just that in The New York Times, picking up copies of the four best play nominees, none of which he’s seen performed. “If none are blinding classics destined to be heavily revived 10 or 50 years hence,” he writes, “the best are as sharp and thrilling and concentrated as first-rate short stories.” On the page, Garner thinks the winner is God of Carnage. It is “fleet and pointed,” and “borders on but never crosses over into glibness.”