Serious Stage Turn for 'Daily Show's' Aasif Mandvi in Disgraced

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Karen Pittman (lef to right), Erik Jensen, Heidi Armbruster and Aasif Mandvi in 'Disgraced.' Karen Pittman (lef to right), Erik Jensen, Heidi Armbruster and Aasif Mandvi in Disgraced. (Erin Baiano)

Lincoln Center Theater has made a new performance space for LCT3, its program of works by new playwrights, directors, and designers. The Claire Tow Theater sits atop the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, and kicking off the first full season at the new house is a play that confronts some very contemporary themes.

The production, directed by Kimberly Senior and starring Aasif Mandvi, a familiar face from “The Daily Show,” has been extended through Dec. 23.

Lincoln Center Theater has made a new performance space for LCT3, its program of works by new playwrights, directors, and designers. The Claire Tow Theater sits atop the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, and kicking off the first full season at the new house is a play that confronts some very contemporary themes.

Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced takes a look at faith in the modern world. The faith is Islam, and the modern world is New York. The production, directed by Kimberly Senior, stars Aasif Mandvi, best known as one of Jon Stewart’s correspondents on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood shares his thoughts on the play and on Mandvi’s ability to play a character other than that of a mock TV reporter.

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