EXTENDED Thru March 11th "DISGRACED" (American Theater Company): MUST SEE!

#22. When I was in Morocco, I was sensitive to the Muslim culture.  I stayed covered up.  I didn’t wear a burka but I did wear long sleeves, pants and a scarf around my neck.  One day on a crowded street, I got separated from my group.  A young local confronted me hissing and shrilling inches from my face.  My scarf had loosened to reveal my neckline.  And in his eyes, I was a disgrace.

Usman Ally (Amir), Lee Stark (Emily), Behzad Dabu (Abe/Hussein), Alana Arenas (Jory), Benim Foster (Isaac) in American Theater Company's "Disgraced" by Ayad Akhtar. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)American Theater Company presents the world premiere of Disgraced.  Amir is a recovering Muslim.  He has renounced his religious roots.  He’s working for partnership in his law firm.  Emily is his white wife.  She is an artist working on a Muslim-influenced series.  Isaac is a gallery owner.  He wants to exhibit Emily’s collection.  He is Jewish.  His wife, Jory, is black and also a lawyer at Amir’s firm.   Their common interests bring them together for dinner.  Their differences ensure it’s their last supper.  Disgraced is an unforgettable dinner party.

Check out the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.


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