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ARAB'S DREAM (article first published : 2008-01-7)

The organisers of this, the third, Musho Festival of one and two hander plays are to be congratulated for obtaining this award winning play from the Acco Theater Center in Israel, with thanks to the Israeli Embassy for sponsorship. The play very cleverly illustrates the Israeli situation where Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews live together despite the cultural differences and antagonism of all the Arab neighbours of the small Jewish State. This is portrayed through the dreams - and nightmares - of an Arab torn between two identities, as he has everything and yet nothing. He wishes to adhere to his Arabic traditional and cultural values despite his daily encounters with Jewish society and its Western values and culture.

The start of the play witnesses the wedding night after the marriage of Chalid (Khaled Abu Ali) to Fatmeh (Tamar Rosenblatt), his love from the village. However, he is highly attracted to a Jewish woman, Svetlana, a new immigrant from Russia, who is a soldier who checks his papers every day. A condition of her love is his conscription into the army. He is therefore recruited to the undercover unit whose members disguise themselves as Arabs to infiltrate the enemy and ascertain how and when attacks will occur. He receives lessons on how to look and behave as an Arab before being posted to the territories.

By the use of music, excellent video clips, and rapid costume and character changes by Tamar Rosenblatt, the stereotypes and traditional attitudes of these two societies and how each of these is reflected in the eyes of the other are portrayed.

In the heart of the intifada he loses the apple of his eye and out of the darkness his Arab wife, dressed as a Jewess, her perfume the perfume of the 'Jewish' woman, comes back in an attempt to get him to return home. He refuses to accept her as he wants her 'pure' and thus Chalid is back at the starting point and all that remains for him is to dream.

The concept of the play is deep and it is extremely well staged. The two performers shine and credit must also go to the accompanying musician and the lighting operator. The Director is Pablo Ariel (also responsible for the puppets and the videos), with script by Roi Rashkes and Artistic Direction by David Maayan. The second, remaining, performance of the play is at the Catalina Theatre on January 6 at 18h00. Maurice Kort




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