Ben Brantley weighs in on "McReele," focusing more on the seemingly mixed up motivations of the supporting characters, but does mention the "arduously topical" nature of the play.
Also: It took me by surprise this morning to discover that Ben Folds has put out not 1, but 3 (!) EPs since his '02 live album and before the single "Landed." Not all of it's that great, but so far I can recommend two (city-named) tracks: "Kalamazoo" and "Adelaide." Next on my listening list: "There's Always Someone Cooler Than You."