Paradise Found

Playwright Glyn O’Malley doesn’t do pretty parlor pieces. He took on the Serbian bombing of Sarajevo in Concertina’s Rainbow, a soldier’s 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 Israel’s West Bank (Samara Siskin). The play’s production journey has been anything but paradise: Although it and O’Malley have won awards, controversy over the subject matter has shuttered performances. Paradise premieres this weekend at the New Theatre, with O’Malley 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

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