Rising Circle Theatre Collective presents a new play inspired by Amal Meguid's memoir, 'Not So Long Ago,' about a Muslim woman who fought for her independence in '60s Egypt. More…
In the sultry heat of 1960s Cairo, a clandestine love affair blooms between a married Egyptian woman and a Canadian professor ten years her junior. In a wintry Toronto house in the 1990s, an aging mother’s memories encroach on her recently divorced daughter’s attempts to restart her life. The past closes in, threatening to overwhelm the present. But what is real and what is illusion? 'This Time' is a lush new play about regret, romance, and familial responsibility.
See it if you understand that love although may not be everlasting, brings happiness which is as important as freedom, liberty, equality.
Don't see it if if you assess the feminine conduct from the male dominant perspective.
See it if you crave a strong female protagonist; are a mother or a daughter, welcome stories with a worldly, sophisticated charm; understand regret.
Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a family drama or would like something with bells and whistles. This is a quiet yet satisfying peek into a life.
See it if If you like love/lost stories with a foreign/exotic twist.
Don't see it if If you are impatient for sitting through 1 hour 50 minutes of melodrama.
See it if Your hunger for underrepresented voices in the theater is greater than your hunger for well-told stories.
Don't see it if You dislike living-room dramas or find plays that juggle multiple time-frames confusing.
See it if You like relationship dramas, stories with a cultural subtext, good production design, thoughtful staging, family issues, memory themes.
Don't see it if You want something fast-paced, don't like watching family arguments, want a lot of action.
See it if You like good talent, a great story and discovering things about a different culture. I really enjoyed this play and I recommend it highly.
Don't see it if You don't like plays about relationships between mothers and daughters.
See it if Costumes on point. Dual portrayal of Amal is worth watching. You like cheesy family dramas and soap opera romances. Practice your French?
Don't see it if you like reading. After Act 1 I predicted it was a book adaptation. It's a weak one. Projections as set. You're tired of dementia plays.