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"Emigration," according to English art critic, author and painter John Berger, "forced or chosen, across national frontiers or from village to metropolis, is the quintessential experience of our time".It's a delicate balancing act, but in "Passport No. 10452," Taoutel and her co-star and longtime collaborator Hagop Der Ghougassian manage to keep the laughs coming.Taoutel and Der Ghougassian have been working together for 20 years, and the pair has an easy onstage chemistry. Der Ghougassian, who speaks perhaps 50 words in the course of the 80-minute performance, is the perfect foil for Taoutel's over-the-top antics.Named after Lebanon's landmass of 10,452 square kilometers, "Passport No. 10452" is less farcical than Taoutel's previous performances.To retain its comedic tone throughout, Taoutel has sacrificed a serious engagement with the play's complex themes.Betty Taoutel's "Passport No. 10452" continues at Theatre Monnot until March 4 .
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