Christine Fawaz portraying one of the 13 victims of domestic violence in Abyad's "This is not an Egyptian Film."
(Photo by Sami Haddad, courtesy of the LAU)
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"This is Not an Egyptian Film" aspires to documentary truth.From behind these bars comes the soundtrack of the titular Egyptian movie that the actors are watching. The juxtaposition of the filmic melodrama with the characters' domestic horror stories is interesting enough, but it too seems somewhat forced. To recount its stories of violence against women, the play deploys an ensemble cast of 21 actors (15 women and 6 men). As the action begins, a man and two women approach the stage from the left and the right and stand rigid. Abyad has not yet told these stories with the craft needed to make them work on stage.
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