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Elizabeth Regen

Review: Dysfunctional is just 'A Family Thing'

Review: Dysfunctional is just 'A Family Thing'

So you think your family is nuts? The fraternal train wreck of Gary Lennon's "A Family Thing," now having its world premiere in an Echo Theater Company production at Stage 52, will have you feeling Norman Rockwell-y about even those relatives whose loose-cannon remarks make you want to dive under the dining room table during the holidays.

Compared with Lennon's crew — one's an addict, one's a felon, one's a suicidal writer — most of us can claim fairly normal pedigrees. Or at least we can be grateful that we're not reliving a version of the Cain and Abel story, relocated to the mean streets of Martin Scorsese's New York.

This twisted comedy, fiercely performed by a...

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