MexiStani! Growing Up Mexican & Pakistani in America

solo performance · sofie khan · Ages 18+ · one person show · 90 mins · United States of America

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PETER FLANIGAN certified reviewer · June 04, 2017
Mexistani! is a funny and powerful one woman show that speaks to the modern American experience. Sofie brings to the stage not only her own humor and talent but also brings alive the colorful characters of her family. Run, don't walk, to see this show! ... full review

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AMANDA CONLON certified reviewer · June 05, 2017
Must-See-Fringe!... full review

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NORMA YANEZ certified reviewer · June 05, 2017
Bravo!! A must see! ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 06, 2017
Funny! Poignant! Impactful.... full review

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CLAUDIA VILLASENOR certified reviewer · June 23, 2017
I've been following her performances since back when she lived in Chicago. Sofie Khan is genuine, heartfelt, hilarious and most of all, BRAVE! Beyond the usual performance jitters, it takes a lot of courage to share her unique story. Growing up in racially segregated Chicago, with a Pakistani father and Mexican mother, made for plenty of entertaining and touching stories. Impersonations, a secret Catholic baptism, a Muslim arranged marriage, homophobia, Islamophobia, a rap performance en español and audience participation-I've never seen a show like "Mexistani!" It's a performance not to miss. ... full review

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SEDITIOUS APOSTATE THEATRE COMPANY, LLC certified reviewer · June 10, 2017
tagged as: one-woman show · personal
Personal accounts are best received directly from the source. This is one of those moments that you should not miss.... full review

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RASIKA MATHUR certified reviewer · June 22, 2017
Sofie is a very talented writer and performer and I am so happy to see sold-out houses for a show about a unique cultural upbringing and story of very non-traditional love. It was bravery in a time people are still getting offended left and right, filled w light and truth. And good rapping!!!!!... full review

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DAANYAAL KHAN certified reviewer · June 21, 2017
As a Pakistani American Muslim, I'm used to hearing stories about people who convert to Islam and learn about the struggles they go through while being a convert. It was definitely an eye opener and an important use can for future dialogue for people who have different ethnic backgrounds and beliefs that deal with the issues that we do. The Pakistani and Muslim communities can definitely be tough to crack into especially if you aren't part of the mainstream groups of being either desi or Arab or Sunni. Throw in being half Mexican and Pakistani, and a sexual orientation other than straight and you have quite the melting pot. ... full review

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ESTHER MIRA certified reviewer · June 12, 2017
Sofie Khan is a masterful storyteller who had me in a whirlwind of emotions. A true tour-de-force, I was fully engaged the entire time. Sofie weaves a beautiful story which includes her life growing up, her parents and her experiences being Mexican and Pakistani among other things. She commands the stage in such an energetic and passionate way, it is quite wonderful to see. I loved watching her story unfold in front of my eyes. Do not miss this show! Only one performance left!!!... full review

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TERRY ANNE HOLZMAN · June 09, 2017
One of the ten Fringe Scholarship winners (awarded to shows that expand and diversify the Fringe community), charismatic comic Sofie Khan grew up with a Mexican Catholic mother and a Pakistani Muslim father in a predominantly Black and Puerto Rican Chicago neighborhood. Such a multi-culti stew makes for a deliciously funny and poignant solo show. Creating a solo show is not easy. It takes more than having a charismatic performer and good story. Sofie adds projections, a rap song, impersonations, audience participation...all of the elements add up to a theatrical and highly entertaining show. It was so entertaining that the serious themes (growing up mixed race, acceptance, LGBTQ issues, Islamophobia, homophobia, arranged marriages, tole... full review

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