CanadaGÇÖs top playwright sears the page with three new darkly comic plays that denounce political culture, individualism, and the accompanying moral depravity. The title play, Dead Metaphor, examines the collision of a politicianGÇÖs personal and professional lives, complicated by a sonGÇÖs return from Afghanistan. In The Ravine, a mayoral candidate learns that his ex-wife is living in a gully nearby and wants to put a hit on him. The Burden of Self-Awareness has money at the centre of a dramatic conflict of values. Each of the three plays is populated by characters trying to navigate the increasingly blurred lines of whatGÇÖs right and wrong trying to always stay informed, alert, and ready to act for the common good. Or just to get even.