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By now, the family-dysfunction-at-Christmastime trope is as reliable as it is played-out. But it sometimes lends itself to magic, as in the French director Arnaud Desplechin’s messy, cerebral 2008 film A Christmas Tale. The Buddhist of Castleknock, a work by the Irish playwright Jim O’Hanlon that Solas Nua is presenting as part of its regular series of readings, promises similar fireworks. Set in a Dublin suburb and surely meant to invoke Hanif Kureishi’s novel The Buddha of Suburbia, O’Hanlon’s satirical play centers on the grown-up children of a traditional, middle-class family, one of whom returns home a Buddhist convert.
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THE READING TAKES PLACE AT 7 P.M. AT FLASHPOINT, 916 G ST. NW. FREE. (202) 315-1317.