What to see during Chicago Theatre Week
Sam is of Iraqi and Puerto Rican descent but does his best to pass as Italian-American, until he meets an Iraqi woman who makes him reconsider his relationship to his heritage. 16th Street's Ann Filmer directs a new play by Rohina Malik.
Read the Reviews:
"Many playwrights aspire to write a drama that is of vital interest to a theatre-going community’s concerns, contains an appropriate balance of comedy and pathos, depicts compelling, sympathetic characters, and tells a logical story driven by those characters’ desires, which are both unique to themselves and identifiable to the larger community. Those playwrights would do well do learn from Rohina Malik. Yasmina’s Necklace, now in its world premiere at the 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, is a beautifully-crafted love story in which the Middle-Eastern refugee crises and immigrant assimilation anxiety are woven seamlessly into a character drama. Little here is heavy-handed or propagandistic; instead, we see how ordinary people live with enormous challenges. The performance I attended was greeted with great enthusiasm by immigrant and Muslim attendees, but the story is accessible to everyone, and I hope it will inspire other artists."
Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic
"It's not easy to combine such dark stories with the lighter comic interludes about immigrant family life, but Malik and director Ann Filmer consistently find that balance...Malik's respectful but funny take on these characters keeps them from feeling like caricatures, despite the sitcomlike setup at the beginning of the story. Yasmina talks about "the taste of death," but by the end, Malik has given us a sweet and hopeful story about finding love after horror." Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
Director Ann Filmer does everything right in this world premiere production of Rohina Malik’s gracefully written romantic comedy, about two Muslim families and their awkward attempts to bring together their two misfit adult children. The casting is perfect: Susaan Jamshidi just shines as Yasmina, a troubled, talented artist haunted by her past life in Iraq and Syria. She is well matched with Michael Perez, her reluctant suitor, a man still recovering from a bad divorce. One minute Malik invites us to laugh at her character’s foibles, the next she wants us to be moved by their personal tragedies; Filmer deftly balances the light and the dark. The result is a thoroughly satisfying family drama." Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader
Yasmina’s Necklaceby Rohina Malik, 2016 playwright-in-residence at 16th Street Theater
Directed by Ann Filmer
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