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Review of Syrian Refugees, Applied Theater, Workshop Facilitation, and Stories: While They Were Waiting written by Fadi Skeiker, reviewed by Sonja Arsham Kuftinec

SYRIAN REFUGEES, APPLIED THEATER, WORKSHOP FACILITATION, AND STORIES: WHILE THEY WERE WAITING. By Fadi Skeiker. New York: Routledge, 2021; pp. 96 + xi.

I have a personal connection to Fadi Skeiker’s generative reflections on applied theatre work with Syrian refugees, …

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Review of MUKHRIJĀT AL-MASRAḤ AL-MIṢRĪ (1990-2010): DIRĀSA SĪMIYŪṬĪQĪYAH [Female Egyptian Directors (1990-2010): A Semiotic Study written by Hadia Abd El-Fattah, reviewed by Areeg Ibrahim

MUKHRIJĀT AL-MASRAḤ AL-MIṢRĪ (1990-2010): DIRĀSA SĪMIYŪṬĪQĪYAH [Female Egyptian Directors (1990-2010): A Semiotic Study]. By Hadia Abd El-Fattah. Sharja: Arab Theatre Institute, 2019; pp. 277.

Female Egyptian Directors (1990-2010): A Semiotic Study by Hadia Abd El-Fattah offers an interesting encyclopedic take …

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Performance Review: Brecht’s Mother Courage adapted and directed by Alison Shan Price

MOTHER COURAGE. By Bertolt Brecht. Adapted and directed by Alison Shan Price for the Kuwait National Council for Culture Arts and Letters (NCCAL). Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah and One World Actors Centre at Yarmouk Cultural Center, Kuwait. March 11, 2023.…

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Up There by Wael Kadour, Introduction by Edward Ziter

Introduction to Up There by Wael Kadour

Some 6.6 million Syrians have fled Syria since 2011 according to the UNHCR, a diaspora that has included established theatre makers. Many of these artists have found institutional support in Europe, resulting in …

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“Indigenous Avant-Gardes”: The Shiraz Arts Festival and Ritual Performance Theory in 1970s Iran

By Matthew Randle-Bent

The Shiraz Arts Festival (1967-77) exerted a significant, yet under-appreciated, influence over the development of performance theory within the US academy. In a sense, the program presented annually in Iran exhibited the “broad spectrum” described by performance …

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Review of Theaters of Citizenship: Aesthetics and Politics of Avant-Garde Performance in Egypt written by Sonali Pahwa, reviewed by Suzi Elnaggar

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Theaters of Citizenship: Aesthetics and Politics of Avant-Garde Performance in Egypt. By Sonali Pahwa. Performance Works. Evanston, Il: Northwestern University Press, 2020.

Review by Suzi Elnaggar
Independent Scholar and Dramaturg

In a refreshing departure from the conventionally distinct genres of …

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Performance Review: Layalina written by Martin Yousif Zebari, directed by Sivan Battat

(L-R) Waseem Alzer, Ali Louis Bourzgui, Becca Khalil and Atra Asdou in Martin Yousif Zebari’s Layalina. Image Credit: Liz Lauren.

Layalina. By Martin Yousif Zebari. Directed by Sivan Battat. Goodman Theatre, Chicago.

March 17, 2023.

Reviewed by Sami Ismat
Columbia College Chicago

You walk into the theatre greeted first by the music of the legendary Iraqi singer and composer Kadim …

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Performance Review: Baba written by Denmo Ibrahim, directed by Hamid Dehghani

Mohammed (Ahmad Kamal) in BABA by Denmo Ibrahim, directed by Hamid Dehghani. Photo by Evan Michael Woods, provided by Amphibian Stage.

BABA. By Denmo Ibrahim. Directed by Hamid Dehghani. Amphibian Stage, Fort Worth. May 6, 2023.

Reviewed by Suzi Elnaggar
Independent Scholar and Dramaturg

Baba deftly weaves a tapestry of humor and heartache, balancing the situational comedy of endless governmental …

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Performance Review: Playwright Showcase New Arab American Theater Works directed by Sherrine Azab, project coordinated by Kathryn Haddad

PLAYWRIGHT SHOWCASE. New Arab American Theater Works, Multiple authors. Readings directed by Sherrine Azab, project coordinated by Kathryn Haddad. New Arab American Theater Works, Minneapolis. April 1-2, 2023.

Reviewed by Katherine Hennessey
(Review edited by Edward Ziter)

New Arab …

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Where Theatre Has Failed—The Syrians Omar Abusaada and Mohammad Al Attar

Where Theatre Has Failed—The Syrians
Omar Abusaada and Mohammad Al Attar
by Rolf C. Hemke
This article first appeared in
Theater im arabischen Sprachraum/Theatre in the Arab World
Edited by Rolf C. Hemke, Theater der Zeit, 2013
It is reproduced 
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