Playwright Glyn OMalley doesnt do pretty parlor pieces. He took on the Serbian bombing of Sarajevo in Concertinas Rainbow, a soldiers family tremors during Operation Iraqi Freedom in A Heartbeat to Baghdad, and now, in Paradise, the mother of all conflicts as experienced by a Palestinian girl (Beatriz Montañez) and an American teenager newly transplanted to Israels West Bank (Samara Siskin). The plays production journey has been anything but paradise: Although it and OMalley have won awards, controversy over the subject matter has shuttered performances. Paradisepremieres this weekend at the New Theatre, with OMalley appearing Sunday (January 15) afternoon for a postshow discussion.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 5:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 14. Continues through Feb. 12