Sounding like a 19th-century MSNBC pundit, John Quincy Adams once complained to his mother, Abigail, that America was interested “in personality rather than actual plans or programs.”“You insisted that I strive to be the smartest person in every room,” Adams, on a roll, continued. “And you know what? It turns out everyone hates the smartest person in the room!”Plus ça change …But fine, so maybe the real Adams did not actually say all that — it’s the one in Aaron Posner’s “JQA,” presented online by San Diego Repertory Theater, who does. But the sentiment fits the historical figure this play of ideas introduces, and if it finds an echo now, that is very much the point.
Source: New York Times October 25, 2020 20:26 UTC