When is a sandwich more than a sandwich?
When it becomes a symbol of redemption, aspiration and hope, as in Lynn Nottage’s latest play, “Clyde’s,” a lively and funny if sometimes ham-handed — or should I say ham-on-rye-handed? — comedy-drama at the Helen Hayes Theater.
The setting is the titular truck stop diner on a lonely stretch of road in Pennsylvania. The impeccably detailed set, by Takeshi Kata, depicts the small kitchen, just short of being cramped, and the window into the restaurant where orders are given and fulfilled.