Normal Ave presents a new staging of Stephen Karam's 2012 drama, a compassionate comedy about human suffering.
"Sons of the Prophet," a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama, brings the audience into the lives of Joseph and Charles Douaihy. If to live is to suffer, then Joseph Douaihy is more alive than most. With unexplained chronic pain and the fate of his reeling family on his shoulders, Joseph's health, sanity, and insurance premium are on the line.
"It’s a comedy. And it should be stated that this piece is uproariously funny. Which only makes sense as most comedy at its roots comes from a tragic place. Many mental health professionals argue that comedy is a coping mechanism as well as a tool we use to process difficult subjects in a more palatable way...One of the rare cases where we are given a cast that has a true sense of ensemble without a weak link...A performance that is entertaining, affective, and grounded in reality." Full Review
See it if a play popular from several years ago, overpraised and overrated but amusing, witty, occasionally touching, and never boring nonetheless.
Don't see it if you want to support a new (three-years-old or so) worthy theater company and pass two hours pleasantly ..
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