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It is more radical because of its plot: For most of the play, a woman places herself in a position of power, dominating a man emotionally, physically, artistically and intellectually.The character of a powerful woman stands out in Lebanese theater, as many representations of women tend toward outright caricatures of submissiveness. This woman, Vanda, convincingly played by Rita Hayek, confronts a Lebanese audience with its preconceived notions of gender. The play opens with Badih (Badih Abou Chakra), the playwright-director of a new production, clasping a mobile in his hand and pacing the stage up and down in exasperation, complaining about the impossibility of finding "a beautiful, sexy woman with a particle of brain" to play the role of Vanda, the main female protagonist. Air-headed "Vanda al-Hawa'' is clearly nothing more than the actress' strategic creation, used to flatter and then dominate Badih.The cruel woman is a Pygmalion-like representation that alienates Vanda and who she may be in reality, which is why she reconsiders whether she wants to play along.
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