Baba, Jee (Father, Yes)

moj productions · Ages 17+ · world premiere · 1hr · United States of America

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MATT RITCHEY · June 04, 2018
A caveat: I was the playwright’s Mentor this year (with no hand in script or production) and Im reviewing as an audience member, not for Gia on the Move. It’s early days yet for Fringe, but I’ll be shocked if I see more emotionally true moment-to-moment work from an entire ensemble as I did in BABA, JEE. Ayesha Siddiqui’s script is not only incredibly personal, but incredibly honest. The performances by Siddiqui, Chris Tedrow, and Ayman Samman were arguably flawless. Real people were inhabiting that small space in the Stephanie Feury. The direction and staging was deftly handled by Matthew Martin, each moment well-crafted and the choices all clear and engaging. Learn something about great theatre. See this. ... full review

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MACKENZIE HUNT certified reviewer · June 14, 2018
See this play. Written tense, funny, lovable, and honest, Baba, Jee is like seeing The Humans, or your favorite movie about a dysfunctional (read: your) family. I did not expect it to be as good as it was. It's a freaking gift and will likely move on to bigger and better spaces. See this play. I'm excited for you. A big thank you to the creative team. We love your work! ... full review

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SARAH ROBINSON certified reviewer · June 07, 2018
Baba, Jee was a thrill to watch from start to finish. The hilarious premise was enough to get me in the door, but I was further captivated by the timely questions it posed; questions that not all of us are equipped to answer or even able to discuss: What it means to be a minority in America, to be in an interracial relationship, to be a first generation American... Then, of course, there is the far more relatable conundrum of meeting a partner’s parents, struggling to find your place in a city that can swallow you whole, attempting to support your partner in their journey to discover their identity without losing your own... The fact that the author was able to accomplish opening discourse in these and other tenuous subject matters in such a... full review

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EMILY WALD certified reviewer · June 07, 2018
Baba, Jee was captivating from start to finish. The writing had a rawness to it that the actors truly dug into and brought to life. For such a short piece, the characters felt whole and were extremely relatable - there were times I almost forgot I was watching a scripted scene! A spectacular effort by all! I highly recommend checking this project out.... full review

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DENISE BARRETT certified reviewer · June 04, 2018
This play is a very honest and sweet slice of life portrayal that was extremely enjoyable. The actors connect all on the different levels they need to and the entire script is very universal in the experiences and emotions explored. The characters were rich and interesting - id love to see 10 years later when Baba moves in be a sitcom tv show!... full review

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AALAYA KOLLI certified reviewer · June 17, 2018
An amazing show. The cast will make you laugh with them, think with them and cry with them. It's a simple show but very powerful. The cast just did an amazing job. They will leave you wanting more and wishing it was longer. It would make you miss your loved ones. ... full review

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CAMILLE JENKINS certified reviewer · June 17, 2018
Words can't explain how much I loved Baba, Jee!!! Ayesha Siddiqui has written a play that is grounded, funny, heat warming, sometimes sad, and always real. The actors have a beautiful chemistry, dialogue is quick witted, and the pacing of the play is great. I could relate to so many moments, and many other people I spoke to said the same. The beauty of Baba, Jee is that we witness the stark cultural differences of Maria, Dave, and Baba but despite those differences we and the characters learn we are more the same than we ever could have known.... full review

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BENJAMIN XIAO certified reviewer · July 09, 2018
I have to say I was completely blown away by Baba, Jee. It is an extremely well-paced, intensely written, heartwarming tale of a father and daughter struggling to reconnect after years of being apart and through layers of unresolved issues. Baba, Jee portrays the classic immigrant generation gap in a very realistic, grounded way that is very rare to see in plays and movies. Whereas most other similar fare would concoct loud arguments and increasingly absurd situations to highlight the cultural differences between immigrant father and 2nd generation child, Baba, Jee understands that often times in real life, such situations play out more like a subtle game, with both sides quietly attempting to fulfill what they assume are the other's unsp... full review

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ANONYMOUS · June 18, 2018
Ayesha uses a specific culture and event to tackle a universal issue, family. Baba, Jee paints an honest picture estrangement, tradition, and reconciliation. Lovely. ... full review

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ANNE SCOTTLIN · June 16, 2018
This play is going places!! A relevant, timely and needed conversation, Baba Jee addresses the contemporary reality of cultural differences and family dialog. Relatable, funny and touching, Ayesha Siddiqui's play takes the risk of telling the truth and entertains us all along the way to finding understanding and love. Many laughs and a couple of tears, this play is a must-see. Playwright Siddiqui is a rising star. @AnneScottlin... full review

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