Profound, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Epic
About the Show
Red Soil Productions presents this new drama about the conversations between a British hostage and his Somali captor set in a windowless concrete room.
'A Man Like You' explores the diametrically opposed world views of two men who come from very different circumstances. As Abdi holds Patrick North captive over 102 days, they debate good and evil, power and control, who is a terrorist, and what is God. Though Abdi and North rarely agree, their basic humanity connects them, and we come to see that they are more alike than we, and they, may initially think. Written by Kenyan-born playwright Silvia Cassini.
"This is a play of big ideas more than it is of the specific characters. As such, it functions well, even as we are called upon to pay close attention to the conflicting interpretations of the history behind the stand-off. Under Yudelka Heyer's direction, the actors do a good job of keeping their characters from exploding into emotional outbursts. There is no getting in the way of the thrust of the play to lay out its arguments."
“By the end of ‘A Man Like You,’ many ideas and observations about the nature of terrorism have been discussed at length, but ultimately it is still a mystery what it is exactly that motivates the extremists. Despite the lack of satisfaction or resolution that comes with the end, Cassini’s play successfully challenges the generally accepted perception of what might motivate a terrorist attack. ‘A Man Like You’ is a thought-provoking exploration of a challenging subject.”
"'A Man Like You' hurls us into a deadly thicket of politics and diplomacy, international business intrigue, the clash of cultures, and jihad...Few scenarios can concentrate a stage drama more effectively than imprisonment and interrogation. Cassini’s play adds a rich chapter to this powerful subgenre, skillfully forcing us to face some of the ugly realities of the modern age and delivering a powerful dramatic punch."
"A powerful and thought-provoking drama…Director Heyer heightens the emotional and often violent physical relationship between North and Abdi. By design, the tension is palpable…It is wrenching and skillfully presented, with acting that is complete and detailed…Credit is due Cassini for what must have been exhaustive research, resulting in a script that is as tightly crafted as a century-old Berber carpet."