manigua productions · Ages 14+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 10, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

The dialogue was sharp and convincing. All three actresses were excellent. The playwright splendidly deployed elemental imagery of fire, air, earth and water to evoke the political and geographical homeland where the mothers remain.

What I didn't like

I would like the play to be somewhat longer so that the past family situations and reasons for emigrating could be expanded/clarified.

My overall impression

Through the prism of mother-daughter anger and anguish, Rodriguez Drissi has created a biting examination of emigration, its causes and effects. Two mothers, living in the same house but divided by a separation wall, and two daughters, separated from those mothers by emigration to the United States, trade despairing accusations and hopeful dreams in searing language. A narrator creates a Brechtian distance between stage and spectators but eventually, parallel to the emotional trajectory of the dialogue, becomes part of the action, as the wall, for an instant, dissolves.

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