If the response of the audience at Wednesday’s screening was any indication, moving the play from the theater to the big screen was a masterstroke.
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When Ziad Rahbani's "Bennesbeh Labokra Shou" (What About Tomorrow") premiered in 1978, the Civil War was already well underway.Precious few artists were able to capture – and lampoon – the Lebanese condition with the wit and musicality to appeal to popular audiences and the intelligentsia both.Despite their cultural stature in this country, Rahbani's plays are virtually never recreated for the Beirut stage. Now, 38 years after the play's debut, Rahbani's much-loved musical theater play has been reborn and repackaged, thanks to the recent discovery of rare film footage of an actual performance. For an older generation of Lebanese actors, such as Mario Bassil, seeing the play as film was akin to catching up with a long lost friend.In the end, Hamze said, Rahbani succumbed to his friends. Hamze revealed that another of Rahbani's much-loved Civil War-era plays, "Film Ameriki Taweel," would also grace the big screen soon. Ziad Rahbani's "Bennesbeh Labokra Shou" is scheduled to open in Beirut area cinemas on Jan. 21
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