03/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Goodman's "Desire Under the Elms" Reaps a Theatric Whirlwind

"What God and money have joined together, let no man put asunder", so the Texas oilman's creed goes. Why not? and the National Enquirer would not exist if this axiom bore no truth.

Robert Falls directs a seamless production of Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms" as allegory for the modern reality-show line-up - its classic Jerry Springer and Maury Povich on perpetual familial loop: the cold-blooded father that sees his children as merely vultures hating his live body, waiting to pick the lint from his burial frocks and leave the carcass weighted down to Hell by the sins committed while earning and hording the wealth that kept the ungrateful progeny in physical comfort in the first place.