Among the bright celebrations of theatrical holidays spectaculars there is a darker sub-genre of plays about families bashing each other yet somehow surviving to fight again next year. The Rep currently has one of these.

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It’s hard to describe Stephen Karam’s play, Sons of the Prophet, performing through February 15 at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. “Comedy-drama” is too mild. “Dark farce” comes closer, but doesn’t capture the true looney-tunes aspect of several of the characters. I think I’ll settle for “wonderful” and let it go at that…

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