One ‘Wounded’ party

Kraiem-penned play eyes closing date

NEW YORK — Thursday night’s party for “Sixteen Wounded” at Noche was relegated to a small penthouse as opposed to the entire club, but the party police still drew a line between the riffraff (reporters) and the elite (investors).

“Maybe they were thinking Gaza,” one wag cracked, referring to the Middle East tensions explored in the play.

Eliam Kraiem is the first playwright in memory to offer a sympathetic, not to mention sexy, Palestinian suicide-bomber character on the Broadway stage. Even though his play was seen by few in previews, it managed to piss off many.

“We get a lot of letters,” Kraiem said.

“You see them outside the theater afterwards,” said headliner Judd Hirsch. “They keep their distance, but they are back there seething.”

Maybe al-Jazeera could help get the word out. Over the weekend, the producers of “Sixteen Wounded” put up a provisional closing notice at the Walter Kerr Theater. If biz doesn’t pick up early this week, the play closes April 25.

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