Stage and Comedy

In this image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Gretchen Mol, from left, Karen Pittman, Hari Dhillon and Josh Radnor appear in a scene from "Disgraced." (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

An excellent five-person cast led by Hari Dhillon — and beautifully directed by Kimberly Senior — starts the play with swagger and confidence, building to horrific exchanges in which they are at each other’s throats, and then ushering a fall, much like a Manhattan “God of Carnage.”

Kim Robards takes notes while Keegan O'Brien rehearses a piece entitled "Amaranthine" Oct. 20 at her studio near East Colfax Avenue and Del Mar Parkway in Aurora. Kim Robards Dance company is opening its 28th season with performances on November 1 and 7 with a production called "3D: Dance, Drink, Desserts." (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“The first movement is a metaphor for the beginning of time or how you might feel when weighted by grief or the inability to move forward, similar to Neanderthals,” Robards says. “But the second movement moves away from that. It really escalates, which was a challenge choreographically to keep that energy going, but hopefully we achieved that.”

In this image released by The O+M Company, from left, Rupert Grint, F Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Nathan Lane appear during a performance of "It's Only A Play," in New York. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Joan Marcus)

Terrance McNally’s play is not so much a love letter from a shy, smitten admirer as a mash note sent by a stalker who’s written it in capital letters and smeared it with what may be bodily fluids.


“The first step in dealing with this is in a larger social context is to acknowledge our kinship with these people,” said Shapiro, a Brown University graduate who earned a master’s in playwriting from New York University in the spring