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Connecticut Theater Review: ‘Familiar’ by ‘Walking Dead’ Star Danai Gurira

9 February 2015 10:56 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cross-cultural conflicts are at the heart of Danai Gurira’s overstuffed new play, depicting an emigrated, upscale Zimbabwean family living in suburban Minneapolis as it prepares for the wedding of their eldest daughter. But as the show’s premiere at New Haven’s Yale Repertory Theater makes clear, it’s the cross-genre conflicts that trip up the production as it careens from sitcom to melodrama to political tragedy to human comedy.

Fresh ideas of race, roots and responsibility abound from talented scribe Danai Gurira, who made an impact with her terrific play “Eclipsed” and as co-writer for Obie-winner “In the Continuum” — though she’s best known as the actor who plays Michonne in TV’s “The Walking Dead.” Seen at first through a prism of a jokey sitcom, this new play’s high aspirations just don’t fit, at least not under Rebecca Taichman’s helming.

When the bride-to-be and »

- Frank Rizzo

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