Reviews

The 2016 Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre

The 2016 Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre
A Theatre Review by Karen Malpede
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center PublicationIn Egypt, as in most of the rest of 
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The 2016 Journées Théâtrales de Carthage

The 2016 Journées Théâtrales de Carthage
By Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 7 (Fall, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

One of the most highly respected theatre festivals of the Arab world is the Journées Théâtrales …

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A Space to Meet and Share: A Corner in the World Fest 3 from Istanbul

A Space to Meet and Share: A Corner in the World Fest 3 from Istanbul
By Eylem Ejder
Arab Stages, Volume 8 (Spring, 2018) 
©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Istanbul has a fascinating, brand-new performing arts festival, …

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Jawad Al-Assadi’s Women in War: Troubling, Troubled and Troublesome Female Refugees

Jawad Al-Assadi’s Women in War: Troubling, Troubled and Troublesome Female Refugees
By Hadeel Abdelhameed
Arab Stages, Volume 7 (Fall, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Women in War (first published in 2003) is a play written …

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Mohammad al-Attar’s While I was Waiting at Avignon

Mohammad al-Attar's While I was Waiting at Avignon
A Theatre Review by Philippa Wehle
Arab StagesVolume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016) 
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Mohammad al-Attar is among the best known young Syrian …

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A Drama of Unlived Stories: Old Child by GalataPerform

A Drama of Unlived Stories: Old Child by GalataPerform
By Eylem Ejder
Arab Stages, Volume 7 (Fall, 2017) 
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Founded in 2003 by Yeşim Özsoy, GalataPerform is one of the foremost theatre …

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We Live in Cairo

“Write what you know,” two generations of American writing students have been schooled. On some campuses the stakes have risen further: “How dare you write what you don’t know?” Regarding the Arab world, because its people have suffered such terrible …

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The Wind in the Willows Makes It to KSA

The Wind in the Willows Makes It to KSA
By Areeg Ibrahim
Arab Stages, Volume 8 (Spring, 2018)
©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Watching theatre productions on stage was not a common occurrence in Saudi Arabia. Theatre …

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Laugh Till/When You Die: The Throes of Tahrir Square

On its opening day, 1s February, 2018, the Egyptian National Theatre in downtown Cairo showcased Laugh Till/When You Die (Idhak lama t’moot), Lenin el Ramly’s last play, directed by his longtime artistic partner Essam el Sayed. The play, …

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Shahid Nadeem’s Acquittal in New York

Shahid Nadeem’s Acquittal in New York
By Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 7 (Fall, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Acquittal, a 1987 play by Shahid Nadeem, Pakistan’s leading playwright, was presented in New York …

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Documentary Theatre in Egypt: Devising a New Play in Cairo

Documentary Theatre in Egypt: Devising a New Play in Cairo
By Jillian Campana and Sara Seif
Arab Stages, Volume 8 (Spring, 2018) 
©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

An original Documentary Theatre play created by American University in …

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Home-Made Theatre (1998)

Home-Made Theatre (1998)
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

To get to the Women and Memory Research Center through the Muhandiseen maze of small …

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Boundaries of History, Memory and Invention: Laila Soliman’s ZigZig in Light of Absence of Egyptians’ Right to Freedom under Information Law

Boundaries of History, Memory and Invention:
Laila Soliman’s ZigZig in Light of
Absence of Egyptians’ Right to Freedom under Information Law
By Hadia abd el-fattah Ahmed
Arab Stages, Volume 8 (Spring, 2018)
©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications
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Tangier International Conference for 2016: The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Theatre

Tangier International Conference for 2016
“The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Theatre”
By Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

 

The 12th annual international conference organized in …

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The Mysteries Behind a Silenced Voice: Review of Betty Shamieh’s The Strangest

The Mysteries Behind a Silenced Voice: 
Review of Betty Shamieh’s The Strangest
By Juan R. Recondo
Arab Stages, Volume 7 (Fall, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Semitic Root’s production of Betty Shamieh’s The Strangest, …

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The Yacoubian Building Onstage: An Interview with Kareem Fahmy

The Yacoubian Building Onstage: An Interview with Kareem Fahmy
By Catherine Coray
Arab Stages, Volume 8 (Spring, 2018) 
©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Dr. Alaa Al Aswany’s bestselling Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building was published in Arabic …

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From Dystopia to Utopia: Finding Hope in Now You Have A Trial by BGST

For a while, I have been interested in the ways how the contemporary theatre in Turkey deals with the current political situation, how theatre responds to and reflects the political turmoil which is being described with such language as “polarization,” …

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The Last Supper by Ahmed El Attar

The Last Supper by Ahmed El Attar
By Marvin Carlson and Philippa Wehle
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Despite the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and the coming …

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Heather Raffo on Noura

Heather Raffo on Noura
A Theatre Review by Heather Denyer
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

In May of 2016, playwright Heather Raffo spoke with me about her collaboration …

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Iranian Theatre as Means of Intervention: The Intercultural Discourse in Hey! Macbeth, only the first dog knows why it is barking!

Iranian Theatre as Means of Intervention: The Intercultural 
Discourse in Hey! Macbeth, only the first dog knows why it 
is barking!
By Sepideh Shokri Poori
Arab Stages, Volume 7 (Fall, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications
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Arab Angst on Swedish Stages

Arab Angst on Swedish Stages
I Came to See You by Karim Rashed,
Directed by Robert Jelinek and Petra Brylander 
A Theatre Review by Margaret Litvin
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre 
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A Woman’s Rule: Review of The Harlem Classical Theatre’s production of Fit for a Queen

A Woman’s Rule: Review of The Harlem Classical Theatre’s production of Fit for a Queen
A Theatre Review by Juan R. Recondo
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The …

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Why are we here now? Mohammed al Attar’s work Aleppo. A Portrait of Absence

Why are we here now? Mohammed al Attar's work 
Aleppo. A Portrait of Absence
By Christel Weiler
Arab Stages, Volume 7 (Fall, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

For a period of three weekends in the fall …

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Arab World Contributions to the Avignon Festival, 2019

The 2019 edition of the leading international theatre festival at Avignon offered two contributions from the Arab World among its featured presentations. These were Mahmoud & Nini , written and directed by Henri Jules Julien, from the Tarmac Theatre in …

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Two Egyptian Playwrights in Boston: Hany Abdel Naser’s They Say Dancing is a Sin and Yasmeen Emam’s The Mirror

Two Egyptian Playwrights in Boston:
Hany Abdel Naser’s They Say Dancing is a Sin 
and Yasmeen Emam’s The Mirror
A Theatre Review by Sarah Moawad
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center 
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Middle Eastern Representation at the Brussel’s Kunstenfestivaldesarts, 2019

The Kusntenfestivaldesarts 2019 (Brussels) hosted several shows from Middle Eastern artists this year.  Reflecting and sensitivity to presenting a diversity of shows from different cultures, shows from the Middle East are presented in each edition of this festival. They are …

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Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theatre

Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theatre
Ed. by Karin van Nieuwkerk
A Book Review By Marvin Carlson
Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012. 
Pp. vi + 291, ISBN 978-0-292-74768-5. (Pbk $16.75).
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 
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The 24th Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre

The 24th Cairo International Festival for Contemporary 
and Experimental Theatre
By Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 7 (Fall, 2017) 
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Long-time observers of the Cairo Theatre scene will remember that in 2011, after …

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Arab American Drama, Film and Performance: A Critical Study, 1908 to the Present

Arab American Drama,Film and Performance:
A Critical Study, 1908 to the Present
By Michael Malek Najjar 
A Book Review By George Potter
Jefferson: McFarland, 2015
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015) 
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre 
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On Michael Najjar’s Direction of Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad

On Michael Najjar’s Direction of 
Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad
A Theatre Review by Torange Yeghiazarian
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

 Civil war is complicated. It is by definition the …

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World Premiere of Arabic Drama at Cornell

World Premiere of Arabic Drama at Cornell
A Theatre Review by Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts presented …

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Theatre Everywhere: How A Small Lebanese Village Transformed for Blood Wedding

Theatre Everywhere: How A Small Lebanese Village
Transformed for Blood Wedding
By Ashley Marinaccio
Arab Stages, Volume 8 (Spring, 2018) 
©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

In April, the Theatre Initiative at the American University of Beirut and …

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Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora

Theatre Communications Group's Inside/Outside:
Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora
Two Book Reviews by Michael Malek Najjar and Hala Nassar
Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora
Edited by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi
Introduction by Nathalie Handal
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AB: Beit Byout by Tahweel Ensemble Theatre in Beirut

AB: Beit Byout by Tahweel Ensemble Theatre in Beirut 
A Theatre Review by Michael Malek Najjar 
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

I must admit that I was skeptical when …

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Review of Modern and Contemporary Political Theater from the Levant: A Critical Anthology

It is always refreshing when one finds in the market a new collection of translated Arabic plays. Recently an anthology of Arabic plays appeared. published by Brill as part of a series titled, Studies on Performing Arts & Literature of

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Four Arab Hamlet Plays

Four Arab Hamlet Plays 
eds. Marvin Carlson and Margaret Litvin with Joy Arab
A Book Review by Safi Mahmoud Mahfouz
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Four Arab Hamlet Plays,

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Cairo in the ‘60’s: This Time by the Rising Circle Theater Collective New York City, May 19, 2016


Cairo in the ‘60’s: This Time by the Rising Circle Theater Collective
The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, New York City
Thursday, May 19, 2016 Performance
A Theatre Review by Michael Malek Najjar
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 
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