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It's a safe bet that Emma, the protagonist of Amy Herzog's 2010 drama, is named for Emma Goldman. Her dad is a Marxist high school teacher who counts his victories one radicalized ghetto kid at a time. Her grandpa Joe was Communist Party member celebrated for having refused to name names during the red scare of the 1950s. And Emma herself runs a foundation with a left-activist agenda. She has a crisis of faith, however, when she finds out that Joe did some things she finds unsavory. Herzog understands the intense dynamics of Party families, director Kimberly Senior draws sharp performances from a crack ensemble (especially Dana Black and Mike Nussbaum [Frederic Stone substitutes for Nussbaum as of 5/3—ed.]), and set designer Keith Pitts gets a certain Old Left-meets-Dania design aesthetic exactly right. But Christine Stulik's Emma makes no sense. Since Joe's crimes would be unsurprising and even justifiable to any red-diaper baby, something more profound must be eating her. Stulik never really gets at what that something is. —Tony Adler

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