(Patrick Healy’s article appeared in The New York Times, 12/29.)
His dark comedy “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, is set to open on Broadway in March, starring Robin Williams. It is in large part a morality tale about American soldiers and Iraqi civilians trying to make sense of the war. Another play, “The North Pool,” which will have its world premiere this spring in Palo Alto, Calif., centers on guilt and forgiveness stemming from a death. And on Wednesday Second Stage Theater will begin Off Broadway performances of Mr. Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” a drama dealing with the power of rituals. Each scene revolves around a new wound — whether accidental, self-inflicted or from fights with others — sustained by two emotionally damaged friends who minister to each other’s physical hurts but struggle to tend to their psychological pain.