A bumpy life story powers M Ensemble’s ‘The Gift Horse’

January 23, 2015 8:58 PM

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Listening to the words of playwright Lydia R. Diamond as they tumble from the mouths of five actors in M Ensemble’s new production of The Gift Horse, one thing is sparklingly clear: This is the work of a prodigiously talented, imaginative playwright.

Diamond, whose play Stick Fly was produced on Broadway in 2011, is a celebrated writer and drama professor whose award-winning works have been widely produced. The Gift Horse, one of her earlier plays, debuted in 2002 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. And though at different times the script seems under...

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