Ah, the dysfunctional family. We all have one or know one, and playwrights seem to know a lot of them. Feuding families have been with us at least as long as drama has existed. The Greeks had the house of Atreus. Shakespeare had King Lear and his daughters. Then there are Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams and Sam Shepard. There have been so many family dramas down the ages that there are entire subgenres. One such is the "weekend showdown." This is how it goes: A disparate roster of family members with long, seething resentments and at least one big secret spend a weekend together. During this time, family conflicts build until, just before the gathering is over, the big secret is revealed; then everyone departs, their lives... More >>>