When: Through May 28, 8 p.m.
We first saw playwright Young Jean Lee's penchant for biting, in-your-face sociopolitical comedy and commentary when Black Ops Theatre Company staged its succès de scandale, The Shipment, in 2015. So you'd expect Straight White Men to be an equally scathing frontal assault on the unearned privileges and cultural cluelessness of its titled demographic—with a little War on Christmas on the side, given its December setting. But not so fast: early on, Lee lets us know that the four men onstage are siblings from a socially conscious, decidedly liberal family, reuniting with their father for the holidays. So what, exactly, is wrong with this picture? Keep your eyes peeled and ears open in this subtle, thought-provoking work. —Byron Woods