La MaMa presents the US premiere of Kosovo’s Qendra Multimedia in a contemporary burlesque story about LGBTI politics in the Balkans. More…
In the play, a gay couple apply to get married in a conservative, deeply homophobic provincial town. They make their request at a time when an Italian company has begun building a condom manufacturing factory in the town, a project that is financially supported by the European Union. Intellectuals, artists, politicians, religious leaders, and professional grenade launchers try to stop the marriage from happening, despite the fact that same-sex marriage is technically permitted by the country's Constitution, which the Prime Minister signed according to a mandate from the EU. This provocative, politically incorrect performance poses the question: “Is sexual liberation possible in the Balkans?”
See it if you are interested in experiencing a theatricalized take on the emergence of queer life in a Balkan country.
Don't see it if you want a play: this is a series of vignettes staged as a floor show.
See it if you would like a taste of the life faced by those in Eastern European countries in these challenging times. Good acting and singing non-stop
Don't see it if you are bothered reading superscripts to understand what is being said or you find more than an hour on a tight folding chair difficult.
See it if From Kosovo, an experimental satire of same-sex marriage rights w/ singing. The plight of the Albanian homosexual gets short shrift today.
Don't see it if Battalions are sent to Syria, but the social problems of Kosovo are ignored.Some broken english, but Albanian valiant effort w/ superscripts
See it if throwback 2 experimental theatre as it once was, primer on gay rights in Albania, humorous take on imposition of values 2 gain E.U. status
Don't see it if no interest in gay issues, fear supertitles & translation, need polished production values, offended by sexual imagery & issues