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Mariann Mayberry, Victor Almanzar, and Brittany Uomoleale

Mariann Mayberry, Victor Almanzar, and Brittany Uomoleale

Michael Brosilow

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30 2015
Price: $20-$89
Of the many Big Issues running through Grand Concourse—faith, fidelity, homelessness, poverty, mental illness—the one playwright Heidi Schreck brings home is forgiveness. But to do so, she commits an unforgivable dramaturgical sin. Schreck sets her 2014 play, given a cunningly designed, swiftly paced Steppenwolf premiere under Yasen Peyankov's characteristically thoughtful direction, in a soup kitchen in a Bronx Catholic church. It's run by the decidedly progressive nun Shelley (she sports street clothes and issues the occasional "motherfucker"), whose upbringing under a feminist academic mother and "jerk lawyer" father gave her a ferocious social conscience and abrasive moxie. Her maintenance man and security worker, Oscar, a young, mouthy Dominican struggling to put himself through community college, hopes someday to earn enough to marry his sweetheart, Rosa. Continue reading >>

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