'Disgraced' makes you laugh and think, to a point

October 24, 2014 2:07 AM

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NEW YORK -- For the first third of its roughly 90 minutes, and intermittently after that, Disgraced (three out of four stars), which opened at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre Thursday, promises to be something rare and exciting: an honest, nuanced, funny look at religious and cultural identity in the post-9/11 age.

In Ayad Akhtar's play, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013, we meet Amir Kapoor, a 40-year-old corporate lawyer of South Asian descent with a gorgeous blonde wife, Emily, and a taste for expensive Italian suits. Amir is loath to tell people, particularly those he works with, exactly where his family ...

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