The Verdict: Danai Gurira's Familiar

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What do the critics think of the new work by the Eclipsed playwright?
Ito Aghayere and Melanie Nicholls-King in a scene from <i>Familiar</i>
Ito Aghayere and Melanie Nicholls-King in a scene from Familiar Joan Marcus

The New York premiere of Familiar, by Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira, officially opened March 3 Off-Broadway. The comedic play, about tradition and assimilation, is set to run through March 27 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater.

The critics have begun filing their reviews; read them below.

The Hollywood Reporter
NBC New York
The New York Times
NY Daily News
Time Out

Performances began February 12 with a cast led by Tamara Tunie (from the long-running TV series Law & Order: SVU), Roslyn Ruff (All The Way) and Broadway vet Myra Lucretia Taylor.The complete cast, helmed by Rebecca Taichman, also includes Ito Aghayere, Joby Earle, Melanie Nicholls-King, Harold Surratt and Joe Tippett.

Here's how the theatre bills the new work: “It’s winter in Minnesota and a Zimbabwean family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter (Ruff), a first-generation American. But when the bride insists on observing a traditional African custom, it opens a deep rift in the household. Rowdy and affectionate, Familiar pitches tradition against assimilation, drawing a loving portrait of a family: the customs they keep, and the secrets they bury.”

Tickets to the New York production of Familiar may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 or by visiting Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd St., Manhattan.

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