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a foodie, as talkative and as obsessed with EVOO as Rachael Ray, only Palestinian and living in Bethlehem, and you’ve got a bead on the title character of Lameece Issaq and Jacob Kader’s compelling new play “Food and Fadwa.”
Spiced with comedy and leavened with drama, it’s a contemporary group portrait of life under occupation. But the co-authors set politics and the ever-present barrier wall simmering on the back-burner.
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most focus fixed on an unmarried woman in her 30s who copes with life’s ups and downs through cooking. So much so that Fadwa (Issaq) moncler canada
imagines herself the host of a Food Network-style show as she prepares the wedding feast of her younger sister Dalal (Maha Chehlaoui) and the enterprising Emir (Arian Moayed).
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on the stove.
It’s a joyful time, tempered by challenges outside the home (curfews, rationing, checkpoints, blackouts among them) as well as by issues within moncler tracksuit
the home as the nuptials draw closer.
Baba (Laith Nakli), Fadwa’s aging father, is losing his grip to dementia. Long-absent Hayat (Heather Raffo), a know-it-all Arab-American cousin moncler hoody
visiting from New York, has taken up with Youssif (Haaz Sleiman), the man Fadwa still loves. To stir some lightness into the pot, there’s Fadwa’s Aunt Samia (Kathryn Kates), who can’t get enough of a Middle East TV show modeled on “American Idol.”
It’s a West Bank melodrama with all the family tensions and complications you’d expect.
Presented by New York Theatre Workshop and Noor Theatre, which specializes in works by artists of Middle Eastern descent, “Food and Fadwa” is moody and spirited and makes its points about finding joy amid any circumstance. The dialogue is easy to digest and mostly flows naturally, with a few detours to heavy-handedness. That includes a section about olive trees and how they have hearts.
The cast, guided with finesse by director Shana Gold, is uniformly fine. In the key role, Issaq is touching and funny or, as Fadwa might put it, sweet and savory.