By Sarah Kricheff

Published March 24, 2006, issue of March 24, 2006.
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“You can’t change your family,” actress and playwright Sherry Glaser said. “You either make peace with it, or you suffer.”

Glaser, it seems, has made peace. In her acclaimed one-woman show, “Family Secrets,” she draws on personal experiences and boldly dives into the ever-complex realm of blood relations. The play, which originally ran off-Broadway in 1993 and 1994 for 15 months, has returned to the New York stage. Directed by Bob Balaban, “Family Secrets” blends humor and drama to tell the story of a Jewish family who has migrated from the Bronx to Southern California. Glaser offers portraits of five characters — parents Mort and Bev, daughters Fern and Sandra, and grandmother Rose — and explores each individual’s neurosis and the delicate relationships that bind the clan.

The play is “about a family’s struggle to understand each other and to love each other,” Glaser said. “Regardless of how you feel about your family, they’re still your family and they affect and shape your life and how you function in the world.”

37 Arts, 450 W. 37th St.; through April 16, Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.; $27-$100. (212-307-4100 or

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