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October 29, 2021

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Thanks for this. I'm sharing the link with one of my students who recently saw the play in NYC. While I know that elements of history and hard facts have to be reworked in order to create a cohesive and dramatically engaging story, on stage or on film, it gripes me when people play fast and loose with facts in order to push a sociopolitical point of view.
Of course, it matters whether the work presents itself as largely historical, or fiction-inspired-by-history. The movie "Chinatown," for example, is the latter -- none of the characters have real-life counterparts; all the character names and many plot elements are entirely invented. Here, on the other, the playwright -- and before that the author -- propose to tell the story of real people. So... The production hasn't come to L.A. yet but I'm glad to be apprised before-hand that the material's slanted a certain way. If someone's working an angle I like to know it.

Thank you very much for your posting, David. I was thinking of trying to see the play, but I'm going to give it a miss. In light of the ticket prices, my bank account also thanks you. Lots of high flyers of many kinds in your family! How about writing a nice, long Department of Clarifications fact piece in The New Yorker?

I never realized you were a Lehman Lehman. Silly of me. But poets and bankers don't necessarily go together. I salute you.

Caroline Seebohm, (a banker's daughter)

Thank you for your comments. Because of the apparent credibility of the persona I take in writing about "The Lehman Trilogy," I have appended a clarification. As it happens I know a lot about the Lehmans. I was always curious about my namesake and have done a lot of reading. Stacey and I share the feeling that the play's depiction of Robert Lehman in particular was shabby and that making Lehman Brothers a metonym for Wall Street's periodic breakdowns since 1987 is bogus. That tickets cost an astronomical amount is an irony worth mentioning.

Wonderful piece, David!!

Thank you for a marvelous review!

Thank you, Denise. . . and Bruce. . .

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