For years HBO has been criticized for its pattern of featuring shows spotlighting the stories of white women while ignoring the creative voices of women of color. While “Sex and the City,” “Girls” and “Veep” have been solid hits, they have also been blasted for sidelining ethnic characters. “Girls,”
The “Golden Age” in the name of Ayad Akhtar’s new play is both a sly nod to the pursuit of vast wealth and a reference to a specific time in history. The “Junk” that gets first billing in the title of this epic work should be a tipoff to what era that is: the gilded, grasping decade of the 1980s, when the idea of making piles of money by accumulating massive debt (via junk bonds and the like) first took hold.