“Everything’s coming apart,” cries Kendra, a distraught mother who’s awaiting news of her missing boy, in “American Son,” an arrestingly topical drama by Christopher Demos-Brown at the Booth Theatre on Broadway. Kendra, played by Kerry Washington, is referring specifically to her family — she and her estranged husband, Steven Pasquale’s Scott, circle each other like wary cats as they await news of their son, Jamal, in a police station — but the line resonates with a piercing amplitude. It’s not just Kendra’s family that is splitting at the seams, of course, but the culture and the country they live in.…

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