Baba, Jee (Father, Yes)

moj productions · Ages 17+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by SOFIE KHAN

June 18, 2018
IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot certify this reviewer attended a performances of this show because no ticket was purchased through this website or the producer has not verified they attended.

What I liked

Raw authenticity! Alcoholism among other vices doesn’t get talked about in our community and it sucks because people that are experiencing these hardships feel forced to deal with it on their own versus seeking help. Saw this show the day before father’s day and shared my experience and had a beautiful and tender conversation with my dad on father’s day and promised to take him out for his fave chicken club (not pastrami) sandwich when I visit Chicago! (LOL, you have to see the play to get this!).

What I didn't like

Share some of that good-good briyani with us yo! LOL!

My overall impression

BABA, JEE is PHENOMENAL! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 BRAVA to this amazing cast Ayesha Siddiqui, Ayman Samman and Chris Tedrow, directed by Matthew Martin!

Ayesha’s play “Baba, Jee” is such a beautifully written and tender story portraying her relationship with her Pakistani father (her Baba) while stuck in an apartment she shares with her boyfriend in New York during Hurricane Sandy.

I adored how Ayesha honors her authenticity and vulnerable self to showcase the real struggles of being half-Paki (something I can TOTALLY relate to), having a Pakistani dad that isn’t the “perfect Muslim” (same! who is?!), the mistakes that fathers can make and how we heal from them together.

If my dad was in LA vs. Chicago he would’ve totally related and loved it! I’m looking forward to Ayesha’s future works at Fringe and the greater theater community!

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