Canada s top playwright sears the page with three new darkly comic plays that denounce political culture, individualism, and the accompanying moral depravity. The title play, "e;Dead Metaphor,"e; examines the collision of a politician s personal and professional lives, complicated by a son s return from Afghanistan. In "e;The Ravine,"e; a mayoral candidate learns that his ex-wife is living in a gully nearby and wants to put a hit on him. "e;The Burden of Self-Awareness"e; 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 what s right and wrong trying to always stay informed, alert, and ready to act for the common good. Or just to get even.