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Grey Rock (Under the Radar 2020)

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Quirky

About the show

In this comic play from Palestinian playwright/director Amir Nizar Zuabi, a Palestinian man dreams of reaching the moon and builds a rocket. More…

From the show:

GREY ROCK is by Palestine’s leading playwright/director, Amir Nizar Zuabi. A Palestinian man dreams of reaching the moon. He builds a rocket inside his shed in the West Bank. When his family discovers his plan, chaos ensues. This humorous, poetic work is performed by a five-member cast (from the West Bank and Israel) featuring renowned theater/screen actor, Khalifa Natour. Commissioned and Produced by U.S.-based Remote Theater Project to address English speaking communities, GREY ROCK is about the inalienable right to dream. Premiered at La MaMa Theater in NYC, January 2019.

Member Reviews (8)


Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Quirky
Avg Score

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if An interesting story about Palestinian people. The Hope's and dreams they have and the challenges they face.

Don't see it if Sometimes was very difficult to both hear and understand these actors especially upstage. It could also be slow at times.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Sad, Slow, Quirky

See it if Gives a voice to occupied people feeling that their aspirations for a better future are like trying to fly to the moon. Tender, forlorn.

Don't see it if Contrived engineering scenes. Jerky transitions. Predictable love triangle w/daughter's 2 suitors. Internet cliche. Slow & preachy in spots.

Romantic, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want insight into Palestinian culture. Metaphor of building a rocket was an entertaining nuanced story of a people interrupted.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding accents. Sometimes difficult to understand the actors.

Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if plays with absurd/fantasy plots to make a point about giving meaning & worth to human existence; comic & tragic moments; interesting*

Don't see it if some characters sometimes hard to understand especially with accents and when at back of stage (I was 2nd row); poetic language

Also *points about the Islam of many hundreds of years ago.... Read more Read less

Heartbreaking, Emotional, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an incredible actor deliver a poignant performance that will tear at your heart while you are laughing out loud.

Don't see it if You are too biased on the Israel/Palestine issue to hear voices from the other side. You have no compassion for struggle for freedom.

Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if To see a well written play that is touching & funny about the feelings & struggles of Palestinian people trying to fulfill a dream.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas, don't want to hear from the perspective of Palestinian citizens,

Also I would like to see the play developed and given an actual run.

Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to be transported with metaphor and artful stagecraft to a moving and transcendant production about love, grief and hope. Brilliant

Don't see it if family narrative, love/life stories, struggling Palestinians who are three dimensional people living through occupation don't inspire you

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy an entertaining foreign play and a surrealist take on the Palestinian occupation.

Don't see it if Listening to foreign actors with thick accents, sometimes hard to understand annoys you. it was also hard to hear in back of the theatre.

January 12th, 2020
"Drawing on the Past, Living in the Present, Dreaming of the Future: A jazz memoirist, a Palestinian rocketeer and Mexican myths set to music kick off the Public Theater’s annual festival of adventurous work from across the globe."
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January 14th, 2020
"What’s Over the Top at the Under the Radar Festival?"
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January 9th, 2020
"A Palestinian Dreamer Builds a Rocket to Land on the Moon in 'GREY ROCK' at The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival"
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January 14th, 2020
"While the chaos is filled with necessary, it's the setting of the play that makes it transcend Yusuf's dream…But this rising action (not to mention Natour's show-stealing performance) is engaging enough without the extra storylines about a love triangle."
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