‘Deported’ veers from realities to stark dreams
It’s hard to make drama - rather than melodrama - out of genocide. If sentimentality doesn’t overrun your theater piece, anger is apt to. Or it all turns into propaganda. Joyce Van Dyke’s “Deported,’’ which is getting its world premiere from Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Suffolk University at the Modern Theatre, doesn’t entirely avoid propaganda as it attempts to address the Armenian Genocide of 1915. But for the most part, art trumps politics - thanks in no small part to the feisty performance of Bobbie Steinbach in a role modeled on Van Dyke’s Armenian grandmother.