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The Mecca Tales

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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28 reviews
 

Voyage Theater Company presents this New York premiere, which tells the story of five Muslim women on the pilgrimage known as the Hajj.

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When their bus breaks down miles short of their destination, tempers flare and the women find themselves tested in unexpected ways. They share their personal stories with each other in an attempt to move forward in their lives and find meaning in this spiritual journey seemingly gone awry. Poetic and transporting, 'The Mecca Tales' explores the power of ritual and redemption.

 

Cast & Creatives (14)


Reviews (32)

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81
Avg Score

85
BroadwayWorld

"Using a sly hand, Malik dispenses information through rapid fire thoughtful humor and honest dialogue that flows naturally. Fahmy's direction, Esler's scenic design, and Kengmana's lighting embrace this seamless quality by treating the show as if it were one beautiful dream sequence...It is undeniable that 'Mecca' wraps things up too tidily, however that resolution feels earned and gratifying. Like the production team, the entire cast is flawlessly marvelous." Full Review

85
Culture Catch

"'The Mecca Tales' is an earnest drama that rests its overarching optimism on an individual humanism (facilitated, in the climax of play, by a community of women). With its heterogenous characters, it also works against any monolithic notion of Muslim womanhood. Malik's foregrounding of underrepresented voices enriches the tapestry of contemporary American theater." Full Review

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Applause! Applause!

“This relatable and entertaining play shares five very diverse stories about Muslim women participating in a Hajj Pilgrimage. The actors are all professionals who are very convincing. At times, they need to plow through unrealistic dialogue but the play is informative and engaging. I think even as a piece of contemporary women's fiction, it provides a platform for lively discussion. It is also an easy way to learn a bit more about Islam.” Full Review

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Edge New York

"Playwright Malik successfully makes the pilgrimage more relatable...The production is fortunate to have an excellent cast...The whole group has a great chemistry that makes them enjoyable to watch together onstage. For a touching, humorous look at a transformative religious journey, as seen through the eyes of women, make your pilgrimage to the Sheen Center to see 'The Mecca Tales.'" Full Review

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82
Avg Score

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you can put aside labels and see how 5 women deal with personal issues through faith and/or ritual

Don't see it if if you cannot see women in a hijab without finding it repressive; if you cannot see it as part of who they are (see below)

Also BTW there are fashion magazines that make us feel that we should dress... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You like a play with great set design, costumes. Beautifully done.

Don't see it if You don’t want to learn about islam

65
Relevant, Cliched, Predictable, Slow, Sentimental

See it if Five muslim women share their personal issues and help each other to move on. Combats prejudice against muslims being regular people.

Don't see it if Sentimental one-dimensional characters who develop in obvious ways. Earnest, but with little humor. I didn’t learn much about Islam.

78
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Informative

See it if You want a general feel for the experience of the Hajj and what it might be like to participate, and in stories of Muslim women.

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in stories about women's lives, or stories containing religion or death.

88
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are curious about the hajj. Female characters acting out personal stories within the larger frame of the difficulties of a pilgrimage.

Don't see it if the format of stories within stories or women's lives do interest you.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a very moving drama. While on a pilgrimage to Mecca, 5 women tell their tales. Very moving, intelligent show. Nice staging.

Don't see it if you are anti Muslim although this wonderful show may change your mind.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you have the chance to. Overall a great performance from the entire cast. Must see for everyone, very relatable. Perfectly written & casted.

Don't see it if nothing bad to say, go see it this powerful play.

58
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You appreciate the representation of women of colour on stage. You want to support Muslim artists' work.

Don't see it if You prefer characters who are fully fleshed-out, beyond caricatures of their struggles. You prefer stories that shed a new light on gender.

Also I had such high hopes for this production - what a wonderful opportuni... Read more Read less

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Powerful

See it if You love great stories of love, forgiveness, resilience, self-worth. A story powerfully portrayed by the cast.

Don't see it if You're only interest in big production musicals.

Also You stay glued, you connect with each of the characters, and you look ... Read more Read less

76
Great acting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You enjoy women's stories.

Don't see it if You get angry watching women under the yoke of religion.

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to see an emotionally compelling play, mostly about women, who bond as they share common goals, fears, beliefs and regrets.

Don't see it if don't like shows about strong-minded women; or don't want to hear about the journey of Muslim women.

Also This play was informative about the rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage k... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Touching

See it if for stories delving into the individual's conflict and the struggle to overcome

Don't see it if you expect more religious emphasis

89
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to see women of different backgrounds come together. See problems of varying severity be addressed as they try to find themselves

Don't see it if you hate seeing women centered stories. Want an in depth analysis of Islam itself. Need a big production to enjoy yourself.

Also Went to see it with my best friend whose father went on the Hajj this ... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing

See it if You like theatre exploring different cultures and religion that connects you to a wide variety of problems that are universal.

Don't see it if You're intolerant to other religions. This is not for you and you most likely need to seek help for your hatred if you think that way.

Also A beautiful piece of theatre that gave me prospective on a world that ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy unconventional theater, women’s stories, and learning more about Muslim experience. It deals with universal themes.

Don't see it if You are intolerant to Muslims.

69
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if the story of five Muslim women on a pilgrimage to Mecca and the reasons for their journey interests you.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the Hajj.

Also I thought the play and its subject matter sounded intriguing but for s... Read more Read less

75
Original, intelligent

See it if You have a strong interest in Islam and in American Muslim women.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy plays that are on religious themes and that promote Islam

Also There was something missing here somehow. It seemed almost like a comm... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Resonant, Great staging, Powerful storytelling

See it if Enjoy good personal narrative and dialogue. Want to laugh, cry, and be moved by a story. Want to see an excellent cast.

Don't see it if You want highly technical or dramatic sets rather than focus on characters.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in seeing Muslim women portrayed in a positive light and hearing women's stories

Don't see it if You want a huge set

75
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if good acting; very good script: the characters' narratives were surprisingly relatable; spiritual & profound without being overly religious

Don't see it if you don't enjoy character-driven plays or topics related to spirituality

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if U like an intelligent, absorbing story about women. Truly enjoyed it

Don't see it if U don't like religious overtones

80
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if you enjoy thoughtful, heart-breaking, yet powerful story of women on stage.

Don't see it if you need overbearing spectacle to enjoy a piece.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Moving, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in themes of community, self-forgiveness, ritual, transcendence, love. Oh, faith/religion was in there, too.

Don't see it if You hate talk of religion or spiritual awakening, aren't interested in how diverse group of Muslim women might see the world.

Also I was profoundly moved by this play, and hope it gets seen by a wide a... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Moving

See it if You want a beautiful story of Muslim women on Hadj. You want to see a wide range of emotions on stage. You want to be moved & entertained.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Muslim or women's stories.

51
During previews
Good performances, kept my interest, pretty good writing, but ultimately disappointing

See it if You are likely to be moved by women sharing personal experiences, some mundane, some tragic

Don't see it if You are revolted by unquestioned religious devotion

Also In the end I was annoyed by this play because it presents 5 women who ... Read more Read less