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click to enlarge Kai Ealy and Aurora Adachi-Winter

Kai Ealy and Aurora Adachi-Winter

Juli Del Pret

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 4 2017
Price: $20, $15 students
First Floor Theater presents the world premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler's multilayered sendup of “white whine” melodrama. Three children return to their childhood home in the Hamptons—just as their mother has put it on the market—to wallow in self-pity and hash out their decades-old resentments. One of the most hackneyed setups in theater is skewered by casting all the traditionally Caucasian roles with people of color. What raises Winkler's play above mere parody is that it manages to mock its overprivileged protagonists while simultaneously honoring the truth of their grievances. Arnel Sancianco's multilevel design serves to underscore the many levels on which this memorable piece functions, though it might've benefited from an in-the-round configuration as some speech is lost when actors are in the stage’s farthest reaches. The dialogue is so peppered with references to everything from Anton Chekhov to pop star Drake that multiple viewings are recommended to take it all in. Hutch Pimentel directed. —Dmitry Samarov



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