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Gerard Avedissian recalls meeting Victoria in 1974 .Over 40 years later, Avedissian has kept his promise with "The Strangeness of Victoria," being staged at Hamra's Metro al-Madina.The play recounts Victoria's painful, dramatic, and at times unbelievable story.Based on a historical figure, the play attempts to address the prejudices that members of the transgender community still face today.Humor is intrinsic to the play, with comic relief giving the audience a chance to grasp the upsetting events from Victoria's life. Throughout the performance, Victoria's comic interactions with other characters had the audience roaring with laughter. From the hilarious reactions of men upon discovering that she is transgender, to her fellow prisoners urging the delirious Victoria to escape during the Lebanese Civil War, the comedy serves as a tool when relating Victoria's difficult story of assault, abuse and mental instability.One particularly emotive theme that runs throughout the play is the pain Victoria feels after losing her family.Although Victoria's story at times beggars belief, the play brings to light the torment of being rejected by one's family.
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