Christopher Durang, America's self-appointed satirist, the theater's oldest living teenager, wrote New City Stage's current show, Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them two years ago. An assault on the "war on terror," this is the perfect demonstration of how short the shelf life of political humor is. On his worst day, Stephen Colbert wouldn't foist off stuff this stale on us.
The plot begins when Felicity (Ginger Dayle, the cast's weak link) wakes up after a drunken night in bed with a man who claims to be her husband. Zamir (Sam Henderson) is a shady character, who may be a terrorist or a criminal or a drug addict on parole. She takes him home to meet her parents - slightly delirious, excessively chatty Luella (the excellent Marcia Saunders) and Leonard (Paul L. Nolan), a right-wing-lunatic, Second-Amendment kind of guy who runs a black op from his attic.