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East is East (Stage, 1999) Ayub Khan-Din's picaresque, seriocomic autobiographical drama East is East, about growing up in 1970s working-class England with a...East is East (Stage, 1999) Ayub Khan-Din's picaresque, seriocomic autobiographical drama East is East, about growing up in 1970s working-class England with a...1999-07-09

Ayub Khan-Din’s picaresque, seriocomic autobiographical drama East is East, about growing up in 1970s working-class England with a strict Pakistani father, a lenient English mother, and a colorful assortment of assimilated sibs receives the kind of keenly staged here-at-the-kitchen-sink production for which director Scott Elliott (the New Group’s Ecstasy and Goose-Pimples) is renowned. Jenny Sterlin is a standout as Mum, but she’s got competition from a detail-perfect set (by Derek McLane) that’s more vibrant, at times, than the action it contains. B+