Boston is colonial-old and seems so familiar to the national consciousness, it's easy to forget that it's an often stunningly beautiful place with a bone-deep, sturdy character. It's also prone to the same pronounced social and economic divides as any other American city. Beantown's southern end traditionally is known as the salty, hardscrabble district. South Boston, "Southie" (that's Dennis Lehane/Denis Leary territory), evocative of the tough Boston Irish and a mosh-pit confluence of corner taverns where you'd never want to trash-talk the Red Sox or Bruins out loud. It's also the world playwright David Lindsay-Abaire took... More >>>