Ari Brand in 'My Name Is Asher Lev' (left) and Aasif Mandvi in 'Disgraced.'(Joan Marcus (left) and Erin Baiano)

Today on Tablet, our theater critic looks at two new plays that tackle assimilation and identity.

The plays have much in common. Both are taut, well-crafted compressions of ambitious themes in which an artist plays a major role. Both are roughly 90 minutes long—the new two hours on Broadway for limited-run productions that feature small, excellent casts and evocative sets and music. Both plays explore the struggle between being part of a tribe and true to oneself. And both are moving commentaries on the price of assimilation—or in the case of Disgraced, its limits.

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