Review Roundup: ‘Sons of the Prophet’

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by Roundabout

The New York Times
Blighted Existences, Eased With Hope and Humor

Charles Isherwood

"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."

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The New Yorker
Bluebird of Unhappiness
John Lahr

"'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."

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New York Magazine
The Importance of Santino Fontana, in Sons of the Prophet
Scott Brown

"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."

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Roma Torre

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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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2011-2012 Season, Roundabout News, Roundabout Roundup, Sons of the Prophet

  1. Audrey Pheffer

    November 7, 2011

    I was unable to enjooy the show the sound and voices of the actors was very low and muffled.

  2. rita margules

    December 8, 2011

    I saw the play on 12/7 and did not like 8it at all. I did not find it funny or amusing.Many of the laughs I felt were contrived. I did not get the message the authir was trying to convey. The first scene had many facets but I could not find any real connection to the rest ofthe play.I thought the actor who played Charlie was the best of the lot. I did not find this playup to your usually good standards.



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