Broadway Graced by Disgraced

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Gretchen Mol, Hari Dhillon, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor in 'Disgraced' at the Lyceum Theatre.

A short Off-Broadway run in 2012 was New York’s introduction to Disgraced. Novelist and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar’s drama is about the stresses placed on an American Muslim man struggling to resolve conflicting world views within himself and among his family and friends. The play now returns to New York, this time on Broadway and with bigger credentials, too, as a 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner.

Director Kimberly Senior, who oversaw the play’s original Chicago production and the first New York presentation, is still at the helm, but there are changes in the cast. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood, who saw Disgraced Off-Broadway, reflects on the play’s move to the Lyceum Theatre, the differences made by changes in the cast and the tendency of very topical shows such as this to lose their edge as time passes.