Of all the characteristics that a drama critic must possess to do her job properly, an obscene sense of optimism has to be one of the most useful. If I didn't walk into the theater each night willing the next few hours to be thrilling, I would have surrendered my press pass years ago. It was this ingrained spirit of hopefulness that drove me up Geary Street last week to experience American Conservatory Theater's latest offering, even though the company's last few productions have, frankly, made me want to throw my laptop... More >>>