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Lonergans look at female cops

"For me, it's all about people's sense about themselves and what they realize they're doing when they get into extreme situations," Lonergan said. "Every character besides Bill finds themselves doing things they wouldn't otherwise be doing and not meeting the situation the way they'd think they'd like to. Bill, who I think is a good cop, is the only one who acts without questioning himself, and in a way, he's much more effective—if amoral." Ultimately, Lonergan said, the play is about Jeff's realization that after years of wanting "to do something," it's a lot easier dreaming about being a hero than actually being one.

It's a funny message to get from an author who has been doing more something—in two different disciplines—than most of the rest of us ever will. But then again, maybe Kenneth Lonergan knows something we don't. And that would explain a lot, wouldn't it?

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