A lot will be made about how timely American Blues Theater’s production of The Columnist is. A play about the power of the press, the frailty of bravado, and the corrosiveness of a secret? It’s easy to see how that plays in today’s political climate. This Chicago premiere comes from the award-wining playwright of Proof, David Auburn, but is decidedly more drab. Auburn’s play may be about the rise and fall of Joe Alsop, the most influential journalist in America at the height of the Cold War, but it plays much more like a documentary than the political drama it aspires to.