See it if you want to see a simple but delightful play based on a story from THE 1001 Arabian Nights. The actors were great & comedy played perfectly!
Don't see it if you're expecting typical Strindberg. This is clever & light & funny. Appropriate for children, but a little too long with no intermission.
See it if Not good
Don't see it if Not good
See it if You enjoy stories from other lands.
Don't see it if You're looking for a typical story
See it if You're Awesome!
Don't see it if You suck
See it if You would enjoy a parable suitable for adults and children, written by the usually stern Strindberg
Don't see it if You don't like world culture.
"This handicapped production could have been an alluring spoof on the rendition of lurid 'Arabian Nights.' Perhaps the saucy poetic words of Strindberg chime better in Swedish, but sadly, the stale verse of this tale leaves an unsavory taste on an eager but discriminating spectator’s palate...There are uplifting moments...The narrow stage bursts in Technicolor reveries of wild terraces with overflowing fountains...Hassan, delightfully played by the animated actor, Kevin Vavasseur, is enchanting."
"Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey’s modern translation is delightful. Strindberg delivers a charming, colorful story about human kindness...What a joy has been brought to us from Baghdad via Stockholm...Andy Evan Cohen brings dumbek, oud and other trancey instruments together to create one heck of a hammam soundtrack. Janet Bentley keeps this pageant moving as fast as the arrow of love flies and the monkey dances, which is to say very nicely indeed."