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This Playwright Has Been Listening to Her Mother

Scrunched up against a counter at the Punjabi Grocery & Deli, an East Village hole-in-the-wall, Jaclyn Backhaus tucked into a vegetarian lunch she had handpicked for two: saag curry, chana paneer, pakoras and daal. The 32-year-old Punjabi-American playwright, whose breakout “Men on Boats” was a 2015 Off Broadway hit, is …

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In Paris, Justice Takes Center Stage

There is justice of a less tangible kind to be found at the Théâtre de la Colline in “Révélation Red in Blue Trilogie,” a supernatural play by the Cameroon-born French author Léonora Miano, loosely inspired by the African slave trade. In tackling it with a Japanese cast, the director Satoshi …

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