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Murder at 'The Jacksonian.' Is Southern Gothic the killer?

Murder at 'The Jacksonian.' Is Southern Gothic the killer?

The Mississippi-raised playwright Beth Henley — best known for penning "Crimes of the Heart" — has as much affection for the label "Southern Gothic" as her fellow scribe Sarah Ruhl does for the adjective "whimsical." Although the former descriptor has a more legitimate claim to an actual literary movement than the latter, they're both potentially condescending catch-alls for singularity or deviance from realism. You might call Henley's 2013 drama "The Jacksonian" an example of Southern Gothic in that it is set in a heartache-fueled motel and concerns itself with murder. (There was a lot of bloodshed all around Jackson, Miss., in...

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