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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Shakespeare... at a Damascus bus stop
One might not think there would be time for theatre in Damascus these days, let alone Shakespeare, but apparently the Bard makes a cameo (along with some of his characters including Othello and Juliet) in an absurdist play being staged tonight and tomorrow at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts in Damascus. Read more here (in Arabic). The rhyming title might be translated "The Position of Ezbekia on the Crisis of Drama." Not very easy to tell from this (unfavorable) review what the show was about, except that it made a perhaps awkward effort to integrate references to current events including random arrests, conversations between ghosts, etc.