Controversial religious drama has been around since...well, the start of religion. The German play Nathan the Wise is no exception. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing wrote it in 1779, in the last years of his life, but its performance was forbidden by religious authorities during his lifetime. Its subject is still provocative today, with a Jew, a Muslim and a Templar discovering common ground among their disparate faiths.
Edward Kemp's new adaptation, directed by Tony Lea, includes a a pre-show talk at the theater on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., along with post-performance discussions after the Thursday and Sunday shows, plus a discussion of Bruce Feiler's Where God Was Born at Flyleaf Books at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14. Tickets are $21 for adults, $14 for students with ID; Nov. 2, is "Cheap Dish" night with $10 tickets. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. —Zack Smith