"To observe that a play about extreme suffering is also explosively funny might seem absurd. But one of the many soul-piercing truths in Sons of the Prophet, the absolutely wonderful new comedy-drama by Stephen Karam that opened on Thursday night at the Laura Pels Theater, is that life rarely obeys the rules of dramatic consistency, or, for that matter, fair play.
Sons of the Prophet, commissioned and produced by the Roundabout Theater Company, where Mr. Karam’s Speech & Debate was a hit in its smallest theater several seasons ago, is the first important new play of the fall season."
The New Yorker
Bluebird of Unhappiness
"'Ravishing' is the best word for Stephens Karam’s new comedy Sons of the Prophet (elegantly directed by Peter Dubois, at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels). At once deep, deft, and beautifully made, Sons of the Prophet stares unflinchingly at the Gorgon’s head of grief - the kind of grief on which words have no purchase, the indigestible pain that never really goes away. In other words, the suffering that an audience expects theatre to deflect with laughter, rather than to embrace."
New York Magazine
The Importance of Santino Fontana, in Sons of the Prophet
"This is feel-good theater you don't have to feel bad about later, mainstream stage entertainment with no aspartame aftertaste. And it goes to show: There's no real downturn when it comes to strong new voices. They're there. Let's put them on bigger and bigger stages and see what happens. If that's a bubble, well, it's well worth inflating."
Sons of the Prophet is playing at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre through January 1, 2012. For more information about the show or how to purchase tickets, click here.
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