Rattlestick presents the NY premiere of Mashuq Mushtaq Deen's solo show, which compassionately brings to life the often-ignored struggle that a family goes through when their child transitions genders. More…
The comic and moving story of conservative Muslim mother at her wits end, a Muslim father who likes to tell jokes, and a queer American woman trying to make a good impression on her Indian in-laws. In a story about family and love and the things we do to be together, one immigrant family must come to terms with a child who defies their most basic expectations of what it means to have a daughter, and one woman will redefine the limits of unconditional love. 'Draw the Circle' is told entirely from the point of view of family and friends, yet performed by Deen himself.
See it if Mushtag Deen's journey through gender transformation is both gripping & heart rendering As much about familial bonds as the personal toll
Don't see it if Transformations from different characters while never confusing at times sloppy Non-linear time line of the story requires patience
See it if Want a deeply personal solo show by the performer/playwright that's insightful, masterful, relevant and important, especially now.
Don't see it if Uncomfortable w mildly graphic details re life of transgender person, don't like shows w gay themes, family conflict.
See it if experiencing the work of a new emerging playwright is something that excites your theatrical appetite.
Don't see it if if visiting the downtown theater scene doesn’t sound like an interesting way to expand your theatrical repertoire of New York Theater.
See it if you like one man shows with multiple characters that will make you think, feel and cry
Don't see it if you don't like self-indulgent diva behavior(stopping the show for someone unwrapping a candy) or the subject of trans people
See it if you may be curious about one person's trans journey; to have a shared experience with your fellow audience.
Don't see it if LGBTQ issues don't interest you; you dislike solo shows; you'd rather see a comedy.
See it if You are interested and do not know, but want to know, about the transgenrder experience. Performed ambitiously.
Don't see it if You are very aware of transgender people and their issues. I don't feel I learned anything. This was one persons story.
See it if You like one person personal journey plays with an emotional theme.
Don't see it if You don’t want to follow many narratives from different characters all played by one person. Don’t want to see a play about transitioning.
See it if Great acting and richly-populated narratives float your boat. Because this one-person show is so well done, it feels like a play.
Don't see it if You're not interested in someone's story, no matter how unusual and affecting.
See it if you care about trans or LGBTQ issues or issues about People Of Color. You want a uniquely autobiographical look at these communities.
Don't see it if solo shows aren't your bag.
See it if you enjoy hearing personal stories performed on stage, and love plays about love, family, and identity.
Don't see it if one-man shows bore you, or you don't like hearing about LGBTQIA+ issues.
See it if You like intimate, funny, and searing plays on expectations between parents and children, what it means to belong, and unconditional love
Don't see it if You're not comfortable with talk of transgender identities, queerness, immigrant families, or suicidal thoughts
See it if thru portrayal of multiple characters movingly & w humor shows playwright's gender journey; special spice: his parents are Indian Muslims
Don't see it if there's nothing greatly insightful about the journey, does not cut to the bone; characters w some exceptions stereotypes
See it if you want to see a love story. This autobiographical play is a brave look into family & close relationships of a trans man as he transitions
Don't see it if you are trans or homophobic. This is a very personal play, if you can leave your stereotypes and preconceived notions at home.
See it if you are willing to listen to the position of an Indian Muslim family dealing w/ their transgender child + gain insights into their feelings
Don't see it if you are unwilling to give a one performer a show a chance no matter how well told.
See it if You want a well written, acted, staged one person show giving you incredible insight into the emotional and physical journey of a trans man.
Don't see it if You simply can't be empathetic to another human being based on preexisting bias.