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With its 70 actors, dancers and musicians, "ILLA IZA ... The Musical" graced the main stage of the Baalbeck International Festival Friday night.Written and directed by Georges Khabbaz, the show had the crowd in stitches the entire night, while delivering a serious message to its homegrown audience.It tells the tale of the inhabitants of a building on the verge of collapse. Each of the neighbors is from one of the diverse religious backgrounds found in Lebanon – Shiite, Sunni, Druze, Orthodox, Maronite and Catholic, to name a few – and can't for the life of them agree on how to deal with their derelict home.The group begins sharing stories about the war and tries to put differences aside for a whole minute to make a decision on the fate of the building.The play concludes without a resolution to the building's fate – having never really been the aim of Khabbaz's play. The inhabitants have reverted to their belligerent ways and made no progress.
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