A Pulitzer Prize-Winner Probes Connections and Re-Connections

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'Water by the Spoonful' at the Second Stage Theatre

The name Quiara Alegría Hudes may not be on the average theatergoer’s short list of major playwrights, but it’s well-known to the Pulitzer Prize committee. Hudes wrote the book for In the Heights, the Tony Award-winning musical, which was a finalist in 2009 for a Pulitzer Prize.

Hudes was a Pulitzer Prize finalist before that, for her 2007 play, Elliott, a Soldier’s Fugue, the first part of a trilogy exploring the world of a Puerto Rican-American soldier returning home from the war in Iraq. Last year, Hudes won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the second part of the trilogy, Water by the Spoonful.

That play is now in its initial New York production, at Second Stage Theatre and directed by Davis McCallum, who staged the premiere at Hartford Stage last season. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood brings us his review.