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Scones and tea won't help Theresa Rebeck's 'Zealot' at SCR
Scones and tea won't help Theresa Rebeck's 'Zealot' at SCR

"Zealot," Theresa Rebeck's new play at South Coast Repertory, is set in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, at the start of the Hajj, the annual holy pilgrimage that able adult Muslims are required to make at least once in their lifetime. But like most unconvincing dramas, its real locale is the land of theatrical generalities, where details are glossed over and credibility is in short supply. Ann (Charlayne Woodard), the American undersecretary of State, has arrived at the British Consulate in a frenzy of foreboding. A Muslim herself, she has ostensibly flown in because of "disturbing Internet chatter" hinting at the possibility of a mass demonstration involving Muslim...

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