You don’t have to be a sucker for love-hate romances among the literati to fall in love with Rehana Lew Mirza’s Hatefuck, but it helps. Then again, Lew Mirza’s play, now in its local premiere with First Floor Theater under Arti Ishak’s clever direction, provides a lens not usually implemented in tales of professional and […]
Chicago actor and community organizer Arti Ishak was tapped to audition for Hatefuck in 2020. They found the script exciting, like nothing they’d ever read. But the production was ultimately canceled in the wake of the pandemic, leaving Ishak determined to get this play up on a Chicago stage one way or another. Now it’s […]
Mosque4Mosque is not a monolithic representation of the Arab American Muslim experience, and perhaps that’s exactly the point. Written by Omer Abbas Salem and directed by Sophiyaa Nayar, this charming production challenges all preconceived notions of a play about an Arab American Muslim family. In this sitcom-esque dramedy, Ibrahim (played by Salem) and his family […]
With Mosque4Mosque and other plays, MENA playwright and actor Omer Abbas Salem creates space for Muslim and Arab artists.
“Shukran Bas” flips the cultural appropriation lens with a music video parody.
A two-night series at Steppenwolf gives Muslim artists a chance to reclaim their narratives.
Guillermo Calderón’s meta soap opera toggles between farce and sincerity.
A dark comedy from Jackalope and a go-for-the-jugular solo performance are among this week’s best bets.
A black Irish comedy and a look at inequity in the local theater scene are among this week’s best bets.