t's when the playwright tries to push our buttons too readily that the show goes off the rails. It's easy to disguise a person's prejudice with social niceties and then reveal with coded words and increasingly brutal language the prejudice that simmers underneath.
"They did not know what to make of me in Tampa," Aasif Mandvi says. Small wonder. Mandvi, the cowriter and star of Today's Special, moved to Florida with his family from India when he was a teen. "Talk about being an outsider."