The Mecca Tales
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The Mecca Tales
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The Mecca Tales NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(28 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Profound

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (28)

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65
Cliched, Relevant, Slow, Sentimental, Predictable

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.

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

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, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

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.

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) Read more

78
Relevant, Great acting, Informative, Thought-provoking

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 writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant

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. Read more

76
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You enjoy women's stories.

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

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

Critic Reviews (4)

BroadwayWorld
November 3rd, 2017

"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."
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C
October 26th, 2017

"'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."
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Edge New York
October 24th, 2017

"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.'"
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A
November 8th, 2017

“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.”
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