Smart People OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 11, 2016
    Closing:
    March 6, 2016

    Theater: Second Stage Theatre / 305 West 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    The quest for love, achievement and identity is universal, but what role does race play in the story of our lives? On the eve of Obama’s first election, four Harvard intellectuals find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics in this provocative and funny new play by Lydia R. Diamond ("Stick Fly"), helmed by Kenny Leon ("The Wiz Live!"), the Tony Award®-winning director of the 2014 revival of "A Raisin in the Sun."

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Smart People

    A Campus Caldron Too Hot to Touch in ‘Smart People’

    Charles Isherwood

    February 11, 2016: “I do hope you’re following this,” the professor of neuroscience says to his students in the dizzying prologue of Lydia R. Diamond’s drama “Smart People.” He might well wonder. Prickly, provocative notions about race, class, prejudice, identity and sexuality ricochet like balls scattering across a pool table in this brainy but overstuffed drama, which opened on Thursday at Second Stage Theater in a slick production directed by Kenny Leon. For all their fancy talk (and talk, and talk) about psychology, neurology and the ways in which racism pervades American culture — naturally a churning topic at the moment — the forces that bring these four characters together too often seem dictated more by the playwright’s desire to dive deeply into a swirling whirlpool of ideas rather than by natural circumstances. (Invoking the parlor game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” as Ms. Diamond does, feels like a bit of a fig leaf.)

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