Theater review: ‘The Niceties’ examines emotional fallout and complexity in conversations about race

Ever have an intense conversation with a professor during office hours?

Politely asking for a grade change or feigning interest in their research for a recommendation letter might yield awkward encounters, but it surely can’t top “The Niceties.”

The play, which will run at the Geffen Playhouse until May 12, follows university student Zoe Wood’s (Jordan Boatman) conversation with her history professor Janine Bosko (Lisa Banes) during her office hours. Their initially innocuous...

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