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One house, three siblings and a wealth of emotions and memories lie at the center of "Al Bayt," Theatre Monnot's latest stage offering, by first-time director Caroline Hatem.Nadia never left home.Now that mom's passed on, Reem is eager to move back to her apartment and away from the family home she hates so much.For the younger sister, the house represents the confines of conservative Arab society and the judgment she felt from Nadia and her mother when she moved out, traveled and had boyfriends over the years. Nadia wants her sister to remain with her, driving Reem mad with each argument and fueling her desire to be rid of Nadia's disapproval and the house's suffocating memories.Nadia enters and joins her and for the first time the sisters seem to reconcile momentarily.The trio's relationships come under strain because Reem believes the house must be destroyed – a solution Nadia cannot accept – yet it turns out the family has no say in the house's fate.The house itself is inconsequential to the conflict.
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