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"All characters appearing in this work are fictitious," playwright and director Joe Kodeih informed his audience at Gemmayzeh Theater Thursday evening.Instead, Kodeih says he is casting his net far more widely to lampoon the Lebanese predicament as a whole."Michel and Samir" opens in an insane asylum.The two deluded individuals are Michel (Hicham Haddad), who's been designated patient number 89, and Samir (Rodrigue Sleiman), patient number 2005 . The political cognoscenti will recognize the significance of these numbers with respect to the real-life Christian politicians that Kodeih says his play is not about. A successful actor and stand-up comedian, Kodeih defies expectations with this new play.An actor and stand-up comedian, Haddad said that his turn as Michel was his first experience acting in this sort of play.As the play embraces both serious and comic themes, the preparation process has been intense.The play does not take sides, Haddad noted, or take an explicit political line."Michel and Samir" is at Gemmayze Theater, Ecole Des Freres, Thursday through Sunday until the end of March.
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