A brief summary of the play “Now Is the Time. Now Is the Best Time. Now Is the Best Time of Your Life” is as follows:

New York City, 1809: an older gentleman of questionable mental health goes missing. Now, over 200 years later, Diedrich Knickerbocker has reemerged in the Catskills, hiding out in the decayed ruins of a once legendary Borscht Belt resort. When his anxieties finally manifest themselves as terrifying garden gnomes, and his vengeful liver-eating bird-woman of a wife crashes through the ceiling, our modern/ancient hero is thrust from the mundane into the mythic.

In this article, we read a review of the play. There is an allusion to the current clown scare going on throughout the nation. However, it is asserted that this play achieves a level of spookiness which is higher than clowns. This is due to the gnomes that are throughout the play. I believe that America is looking for a greater scare factor in everything we do. Scary movies in the past barely chip our shell while more modern horror films can make us want to cry. I think this increase is due to desensitization. What do you think?

New York Times, Wednesday October 26, 2016 Page C3