A rare miss for the mostly immaculate LCT3 track record at lovely Claire Tow Theater. Cliches and overly familiar down and out story lines we’ve seen 100 times before are recycled at high volume and pace that borders on caricature. Feels like a drama assignment; doesn’t ring true. Not new.
When first generation Pakistani-American academic Zarina writes a book that portrays the prophet Muhammed as all too human, a violent confrontation with her conservative father quickly follows. Akhtar has all the right ingredients and a top notch cast, even if some pieces in this puzzle resolve a little too cleanly.
Thru July 13 (sold out)
Skillful playwriting craft, but realistic environment coated with a thin film of sitcom tics & mannerisms. And over time, this wears. Artificial suspense manufactured from characters simply not speaking to each other. Story fails to focus on a question with sufficient consequences. Did kid do it? We don’t really care.