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  The Great Game: Afghanistan at Sidney Harman Hall

The Great Game: Afghanistan

Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street NW Washington

The Great Game: Afghanistan is an exploration of Afghan culture and history through 12 short plays in a three-part series. The engagement at the Shakespeare Theatre Company kicks off the American tour straight from London's Tricycle Theatre. All three parts can be experienced together as one event or as separate productions and do not need to be seen in chronological order.

Presented by The Shakespeare Theatre Company

Thru - Feb 11, 2011


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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...As with any smorgasbord, this one offers spicy delicacies as well as blander plates. So if you approach the experience with the knowledge that some of it -- maybe even most of it -- will be less than a revelation, you'll be prepared to look for the subtler strands of storytelling and the finer points of argument that do make it worthwhile. Most of us know going in, for example, that foreign military powers seeking to impose their idea of order on Afghanistan have had their expectations painfully, even catastrophically, dashed time and again."
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Peter Marks


Washington Life - Highly Recommended

"...The writing is superb Ė the amount of research that has gone into a work of this magnitude is staggering and there are sections that are constantly changing to reflect the continuing conflict. The fourteen writers involved are Stephen Jeffreys, Siba Shakib, Ron Hutchinson, Amit Gupta, Joy Wilkinson, David Edgar, Lee Blessing, David Greig, Colin Teevan, Ben Ockrent, Abi Morgan, Richard Bean, Richard Norton Taylor and Simon Stephens."
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Julie LaPorte


Washingtonian - Recommended

"...The Great Game draws no conclusions, and it occasionally suffers from spotty performances and dialogue thatís a little rough around the edges. But it succeeds in presenting a nuanced and detailed picture of all sides of the conflict, from an army wife (Cloudia Swann) who canít understand why her husband remains so dedicated to a conflict that never changes, to a fanatical mullah (Nabil Elouahabi) who refuses to look a female UN representative (Shereen Martineau) in the eyes or address her directly. Some scenes feel too long, and some could be cut altogether. But as a whole, Kent has succeeded in creating a provocative, educational work that leaves audiences to draw their own conclusions."
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Sophie Gilbert


DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

In Monologue we see an artist who has depicted the history of his beautiful country (Ebrahim) being forced to defend his painting to a vicious Taliban soldier (Rahim), who objects to the depiction of faces. It will break your heart, and it, like most of Part 2, Communism, the Mujahideen & the Taliban, will leave you sadder and wiser; edified, and entertained.
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Tim Treanor



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