I don't know anything about young playwright Annie Baker, but she sure has gotten some press this week for her upcoming Atlantic show Body Awareness.
Who knows if the play's any good. But I do like hearing someone say this:
“Most naturalistic plays I see are a bunch of middle- or upper-middle-class people being witty,” Baker notes. “I don’t actually find wittiness that funny.… The tragedy of bourgeois society is that we’re never that funny. People write these plays where everybody onstage is saying what we all would say—days later, when we think up what would have been the funny thing to say. But I think we are actually incredibly earnest and serious and kind of pathetic. That’s funnier to me.”Amen, sister.
Of course that's one sure way to raise the expectations of your own work...
Correction (6/1): Didn't realize I initially wrote Barker instead of Baker. Apologies to the playwright.