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Despite the clashes between protesters and riot police Saturday evening, the Chateaux Trianon theater in Zalqa boasted a full house, eagerly awaiting Georges Khabbaz's new play "Yawmiyyat Masrahji" (The Diary of a Dramaturgist) to begin.Abdullah asks the theater's in-house director daily why he created plays, to which the director would never reply.Khabbaz's entrance garnered many laughs, seeing him compare the rise and fall of opera singing to the pained yelling of having an injured finger being stitched. The gag is followed by a semi-serious monologue questioning what theater actually is and does anyone understand what they've watched? A running joke during the play was the presence of a critic, sitting in a balcony box, passing judgment on the plays that have passed through the theater. Khabbaz's play is full of fourth-wall-breaking laughs and clever jokes, but the final comment is poignant and somberly emotive, coming straight from Khabbaz's love for the theater and desire to see it flourish and thrive in Lebanon.
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