Bengal tiger at the Baghdad zoo

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“When an atheist suddenly finds himself wandering around after death…he’s got some serious reevaluating to do.”

anonymous asked:

Top 5 plays set in the Middle East?

  1. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo- Rajiv Joseph
  2. The American Pilot- David Greig
  3. The Joys of Lipstick- Layla Dowlatshahi
  4. Online-Mohammed al-Attar
  5. Urge for Going- Mona Mansour

Bonus, because it was performed for one night only and sounded amazing but I have no knowledge of it: Could You Please Look Into The Camera- Mohammed al-Attar

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10 Questions for Robin Williams.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

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Finally made it to see this show in its closing days and I am glad I did. It’s incredible in many levels, from the stellar cast, the writing, and the direction and design. Robin Williams plays the ghost of the tiger than wanders 2003 Baghdad encountering soldiers and Iraqis - both ghosts and real as they all seek understanding of life, death, God, art and so much more amidst a world in ruins. Rajiv Joseph’s play is visceral, intense and darkly funny much like his very different play that I got to see earlier in the year, Gruesome Playground Injuries, which while less philosophical than Bengal Tiger, approached its themes of growing up, love, and friendship with the same genuine emotional understanding.

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Throwback: A Clip of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo –> One of the most obscure plays I have ever seen that grew on me over time. And Arian Moayed’s performance was superb!

Clips from All 2011 Tony Nominated Plays

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

(starring Robin Williams)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eUyIiYhyo0&feature=related 

The Merchant of Venice

(starring Al Pacino)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V3VRnWOxco&feature=related

The Motherf**ker with the Hat

(starring Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8aC2eWmWoA&feature=related

Good People

http://youtu.be/rHfMQNIH73A

Driving Miss Daisy

(starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc1Y_UnVW6M&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

War Horse

(best I could find)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcLrvc9aV-U&feature=related 

Jerusalem

(same as War Horse)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcp4mwNQ7AQ&feature=related

The Importance of Being Earnest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU-YDNoFc1I&feature=related

Arcadia

(scene)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDjIuUvpQbQ&feature=related 

The Normal Heart

(starring Jim Parsons) (two clips)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89SR5eqxc2k&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCr3oTGBW10&feature=autoplay&list=ULTJUGQSzk29s&index=8&playnext=1 

Brief Encounter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARsNx11mZnc&feature=channel_video_title

Born Yesterday

(starring Jim Belushi)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtwuR_0bNpA&feature=channel_video_title 

The House of Blue Leaves

(starring Ben Stiller)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x36HcRsK7k&feature=channel_video_title 

Lombardi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a44ATEUPrjs&feature=channel_video_title 

La Bête

(starring David Hyde Pierce)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5xND3FR-F8&feature=channel_video_title 

I will post links to musicals later. Enjoy!