There's a lot to like about InterAct Theatre Company's world premiere for Ritu Comes Home, written by Peter Gil-Sheridan. Commissioned by the company in 2009, this comedy about Jason and Brendan, a bourgeois gay white couple; their Mexican American female BFF, Yesenia; and Ritu, the impoverished Bangladeshi teen the couple support "for just 80 cents a day," mixes zingy dialogue with identity politics lite and a little magic.
The play starts off so ridiculously fizzy, with Jason, Brendan, and Yesenia drinking, dancing, singing an entire rendition of "Danke Schoen," and making a mess (to persnickety Jason's ongoing consternation), that it's hard not to brace for the moment the other shoe drops, fearing that when it does, it will drop hard. But it doesn't. Ritu appears in the couple's living room, Jason disappears, and it's all gin, saris, gentle misunderstandings, and a happy ending.