|I don’t necessarily think a play has to end in a morally satisfying result, but I do think most popular entertainment ascribes to that theory (very save the cat), and musical theater most of all… with exceptions being things like “Chicago”, which are essentially anti-hero satires, or Sexy Oklahoma! with its Curly short first ending, which is a bitter commentary on America. (Those two spring to mind quickly.)
This is why Evan Hansen is kind of fascinating, because it bucks that trend (or it reflects the teen-morality of today?), which is why I think it drums up this kind of discussion.
Sorry you’re stuck on the plane - good luck!
As for morality being ever-changing: yes, which is partly