The Theater: Family Communion


Families are a funny breed. They draw, spill, suck and drink the blood they share. They seem to survive everything with dumb granitic tenacity. What they give to each other is measureless, like divine grace; what they take is inexorable, like mortal fate.

David Storey's In Celebration, presented by Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage, is in the tradition of the finest family plays. Its relatives leap to mind: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, The Homecoming, Like them, it is incessantly poised between laughter,...

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