Already closed | 1h 30m | Upper W Side

Power Strip

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Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

About the show

In this world premiere for LCT3, Yasmin, a young Syrian refugee, must betray everything she once knew and valued in order to survive. More…

From the show:

In POWER STRIP, Yasmin, a young Syrian refugee (Dina Shihabi), spends her days tethered to an electric power strip in a Greek refugee camp. Once a middle-class student in Aleppo whose life was dictated by the expectations of men, her sheltered existence has been shattered by a brutal civil war. In the war-torn world of the refugee camp, Yasmin finds that she must betray everything she once knew and valued in order to survive.

1h 30m | Already closed | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (58)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense
80
Avg Score

80
Ambitious, Strong script, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you'd like a gripping, gritty Syrian refugee story. Well-plotted, feminist perspective. Moving, Powerful. Bleak. Clever, resilient protagont

Don't see it if you want a perfect script. Could use some cuts. Sags a bit. Also, lead actress is strident, harsh in delivery. More nuance w. help.

90
Powerful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if Feminist survivor play about a gritty outcast refugee who finds empowerment in an unlikely place. Excellent writing and acting.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in an intense drama that is highly critical of Syrian men & morals. Rape, prostitution, stabbing, blood.

Also I liked the title's double meaning (electrical power, female genitals)... Read more Read less

88
Good acting, Riveting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if to witness a powerful, timely, achingly haunting portrayal of Syrian refugee life that infuses politics, survivalism, feminism & human drama

Don't see it if u prefer to keep your head in the sand when it comes to the human toll that Mideast civil unrest wreaks in the name of religion & politics.

Also Playwright Sylvia Khoury is one to watch! Her voice needs to be heard ... Read more Read less

84
Well played, Feminist, Political as personal, Timely, Wrenching

See it if you’re interested in the worldwide immigration crisis, non-domestic cultures or theatrical embodiments of the struggle for women’s rights.

Don't see it if you’re uninterested in the worldwide immigration crisis, non-domestic cultures or theatrical embodiments of the struggle for women’s rights.

Also “Power Strip,” a depiction of gritty daily life in a Greek camp for Sy... Read more Read less

81
So tense you can't breath, extraordinary portrayal of brutalized syrian female refugee in refugee camp; but some misses

See it if harrowing feminist tale; in set as stark as the moon, tells hellish tale of Syrian female refugee w/ dreams crushed by tribal purity rules

Don't see it if awkward flashbacks; inconsistent feminist pt of view: protagonist oscillates from compliant 2 outraged; SPOILER: violent end 2 abrupt

Also Multiple possible meanings for "power strip": (1) the electrical condu... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if A women doing anything to stay alive in a danger place.

Don't see it if Very talky show, with flashback of how things came to be.

Also I get some of the meaning (If I guess right). It comes down to you wil... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a powerful drama about Syrian refugees. The woman's role was very demanding and I liked the way choices to be made were expressed.

Don't see it if you do not like to see a play where people live in horrible circumstances and have very difficult choices to make.

71
Great acting

See it if Beginning & end show terrible conditions (no heat, rationed food/water). Scenes w/knife are fraught with emotion.

Don't see it if Some middle scenes are too talky & drag. Many names are mentioned of off-stage people & was hard to follow.

Also Bizarre how a lady in the middle of front row stood up at end & was "w... Read more Read less

89
Good acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Bold

See it if you're interested in a young woman's ability to do whatever it takes to get herself out of a Syrian refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece; dark.

Don't see it if people under duress in a difficult situation is not of interest to you; no interest in the worldwide refugee crisis; gritty, sad, desperate.

79
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy politically relevant plays about Syrian refugees. Also, what a woman must do in order to survive.

Don't see it if you do not like abrupt endings. Also, if you do not enjoy realism and what people do in order to survive. This is not light fare.

79
Thought-provoking, Good design elements, Very good acting, Drags a bit, Disappointing

See it if you want a story about the life of refugees.Fascinating story.Good exploration of women's issues.Too slow, but good.

Don't see it if you are looking for a pretty show or a fast paced show.The time drags, as it does for the refugees waiting for a meal or a home.

83
Sympathetic and harsh, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you admire new plays that mine as deep as the status quo runs. You object to your value hinging on being the woman of someone else’s dreams

Don't see it if you're comforted by religious tradition & legacy despite/because of ruinous double standards.

Also Difficult conclusions, yet so satisfying. Somewhat abrupt plotting, bu... Read more Read less

79
Disappointing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like shows themed similarly to The Jungle, but focused on one woman's life. Feminist orientation but religious roots get in the way

Don't see it if Dark slow moving dramas with overly pregnant pauses at times is not your thing

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if disturbing story of refugees from war-torn Syria; more particularly a woman's fight for survival while surrounded by patriarchal views*

Don't see it if don't want dark story, violence, flashbacks or contrived parts. Don't want a story about woman taking back her own power.

Also *of female purity.... Read more Read less

80
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing a show about how low a person can sink under the right circumstances. This is a play about human nature.

Don't see it if you don't like intense dramas about people doing desperate things.

77
Relevant

See it if Learn how war and then being a refugee fuels exploitation of the vulnerable, esp. women. Patriarchy in religion works against women.

Don't see it if War, rape, human suffering aren't your thing. Less plot, more struggles and the slow death of hopes...

Also Diversity: all Middle Eastern cast! Female protagonist.... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Relevant

See it if great acted central character in a very relevant play

Don't see it if want something light then this is not for you. need a bit more background of the characters but one gets the idea

85
Intense, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A very current play about international immigration and politics. Strong acting and scripts that is very relevant.

Don't see it if It immigration, politics and empowerment is not your thing, then this most likely won't be your play to see.

60
Excruciating, Relevant, Riveting, Intense, Cliched

See it if a moving, intense depiction of life in a refugee camp and the compromises we will or won't make in our lives.

Don't see it if Fairly predictable plot unfolds and is full of bathos. Unfortunately, the lead gives the weakest performance in the production.

81
Feminist, powerful story, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Strong portrayal of how life is upended for a refugee, how women are blamed when victimized, how one woman will do whatever it takes 2b free

Don't see it if You want a neat happy ending. It’s gut wrenching

84
Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if I've been making the Off-Off Bdwy rounds (mainly female playwrights) & POWER STRIP is the best of the bunch. Linear story w/ flashbacks. GO!

Don't see it if Don't see if you don't like seeing stories about refugees, paranoia, and romances torpedoed by religious laws & horrifying circumstances.

50
War is hell, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Physically agile actors. Interesting staging. Sound that deserves a show of it’s own.

Don't see it if A play with holes you could drive trucks through where half the story happens offstage. Syrian refugee camp in Greece. Young woman rejected

Also by fiancé and boyfriend for religious reasons when they discover her s... Read more Read less

77
Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want a contemporary play with a surprising protagonist

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical or something light

75
Disappointing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Youre interested in the refuge crisis, especially for women and sexual exploitation

Don't see it if Youre not interested in a non emtional and distancing delivery

Also I use head phones and they were only sporadically worked so that affec... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like relevant, powerful plays about Syrian refugees, performed in an intimate theater.

Don't see it if You want a happy, upbeat play


October 21st, 2019
"In ‘Power Strip,’ a Syrian Story Both Bleak and Striking: Sylvia Khoury’s insidiously sharp new play arrives as the eight-year-old conflict is making fresh headlines in the United States."
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October 22nd, 2019
4/5 Stars "Khoury has a gift for lines that ring so achingly true, they take your breath away...Like its heroine, the play seems emotionally distant at first. But it’s exciting to watch Yasmin slowly slough off the burdens of shame and expectations and learn to put herself first—at any cost."
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October 21st, 2019
"In 'Power Strip,' a Syrian Refugee Takes Back What Belongs to Her: Sylvia Khoury imagines one woman's life as she straddles the border between East and West."
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October 26th, 2019
"Refugee Politics Leads To Sexual Politics In Sylvia Khoury's Absorbing 'POWER STRIP'"
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