It’s been well over a year since I saw Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and the show popped into my head the other day. Saw the Broadway Website is still around. The set for the show was beautiful and It’s ones of those shows I always come back to.
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.