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. Paradise premieres 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