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Theater: ‘Children of a Lesser God’
Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff in “Children of a Lesser God.” Photo by Matthew Murphy

The essence of Mark Medoff’s still compelling play, “Children of a Lesser God” — it was first performed on Broadway 37 years ago — is in two lines from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King”: “As if some lesser god had made the world, But had not force to shape it as he would.”

There are two lesser gods in Medoff’s play: a hearing teacher, James Leeds, and his irremediably deaf student, Sarah Norman, a maid at the school where he teaches. 

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