Richard and I saw this play on Broadway on 12/26. A friend at work had raved about it, and it won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2013 - - plus I got cheap tickets and it was 90 minutes long, so what did we have to lose?
The play is by Ayad Akhtar, and it’s about a Pakistani-born lawyer and his white bread American painter wife living on the Upper East Side. The other characters are his nephew and their friends, a Jewish American guy and his African American wife. The central scene is a dinner party for the two couples.
It was never boring, had some crackling energy, a few amusing zingers, and some high drama. There were meaty roles for all five actors, and it was a treat to see Gretchen Moll (*The Notorious Bettie Page*) and Josh Radnor (*How I Met Your Mother*) onstage. But it felt like the author made a bullet list of the issues he wanted to explore, then invented five characters who could say those things. As Karen Miller would say, “Just press play.”
Was it really such a slim year for plays, that this is the best play of 2013?