In the Kitchen, in the Theater

James Beard Award-winning food writer Melissa Clark offers Thanksgiving shortcuts. Playwright Ayad Akhtar and actor Aasif Mandvi talk about their play, “Disgraced.” We’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary season of the Irish Repertory Theater and look at its production of “The Freedom of the City.” Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about the Fiscal Cliff.