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Lydia R. Diamond's scintillating comedy Stick Fly is set in the elegant and expensive summer home (gorgeously designed by John Iacovelli) of Dr. Joseph Levay (John Wesley), in an elite African-American enclave of Martha's Vineyard. The family is arriving for the weekend, and son Flip (Terrell Tilford), a successful plastic surgeon, is bringing his white fiancée Kimber (Avery Clyde) to meet the family. Writer son Kent (Chris Butler) also brings his bride-to-be, Taylor (Michole Briana White), who comes from a lower rung on the social ladder. At first all is banter, horseplay and fun, but gradually fracture lines appear. Despite their wealth and privilege, the Levays are not immune to the stresses and prejudices of snobbery, race and class, conflicts between fathers and sons, and brotherly rivalries. Mom hasn't turned up for the family gathering, and secrets about sexual hanky-panky lurk beneath the surface, waiting to erupt. Meanwhile, young substitute maid–housekeeper Cheryl (Tinashe Kajese) is seriously upset about something. Diamond's play combines complex characters, provocative situations and literate, funny dialogue in this delicious comedy of contemporary manners. Director Shirley Joe Finney reveals a sharp eye for social nuance, and melds her dream cast into a brilliantly seamless ensemble. They are all terrific. Matrix Theatre Company, 7657 Melrose Ave., L.A.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m., through May 31. (323) 960-7740.

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: April 11. Continues through June 14, 2009