First Nighter: Joe Pintauro's 'Snow Orchid,' Benjamin Scheuer's 'The Lion'

February 8, 2015 11:23 PM

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If forgiveness is divine, what is the inability to forgive? Joe Pintauro's hard-nosed Snow Orchid, at the Lion, doesn't provide an answer. Instead, through the up-close-and-extremely-personal look at one severely dysfunctional family, it offers a relentless example of the absence of forgiveness.

When Rocco (Robert Cuccioli) returns from a stay at a psychiatric hospital, no one is thrilled to see him. Quite the opposite. Wife Filumena (Angelina Fiordellisi) and sons Sebbie, short for Sebastiano (Stephen Plunkett), and Blaise (David McElwee) remember too vividly Rocco's relentless physical an...

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