Profanity, the play written by Sylvan Oswald that’s making its world premiere this season at Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St., is about real estate agents in Philadelphia in the 1950s selling land that doesn’t exist. While that may sound vaguely related to David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, the profanity here is less about swear-bombs. Oswald based the play on his mother’s home neighborhood, built in the 1920s over a filled-in creek. Sixty years later the houses started sinking into the ground and the city had to demolish more than 900 homes. Oswald’s great uncles sold real estate around the same time, and in Profanity he imagined those uncles being involved in the shady land dealing, selling this nonexistent land back to their own Jewish community. Oswald used Bernie Madoff as inspiration and the Talmud, with all its intergenerational arguments, as a structure of sorts. There’s a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday for $15 and an 8 p.m. showing for $30. Profanity runs through October 12. Visit undermain.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 21. Continues through Oct. 12, 2013