Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

The Strangest

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Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Entertaining, Great acting

About the show

The Semitic Root presents an immersive murder mystery loosely inspired by the unnamed Arab character killed in Albert Camus' novel 'The Stranger.' More…

Audience members enter a traditional Arab storytelling café, where for centuries masters of the oral tradition wove tales of intrigue. Experience French Algiers on the brink of revolution, and witness three Arab brothers vie for the love of the same woman. Their bitter rivalry ends only when one is gunned down by a French stranger. Written by Betty Shamieh ('Fit for a Queen') and directed by May Adrales ('Vietgone'). 

1h 30m | Already closed | 4th Street Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (1)


Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Entertaining, Great acting

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to know more about Algeria, and the struggle of her people. You like immersive theaters. A great way to look at colonialism.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about colonialism and its results. Can be slow sometimes, and plots don't connect well at times.

March 15th, 2017
“Antaramian and Tewari have a steadying presence, but the younger cast members distractingly dial up their acting. They are not quite up to the script’s challenges, which mix Arabic storytelling flourishes and Ionesco-like absurdism…But then, the writing can be slapdash, too, in its pursuit of bi...
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March 17th, 2017
“Noble, if misguided…The concept is a potent one. The execution? Not so much…A tale-within-a-tale that has a lot of big ideas but a sloppy way of getting them across…Unfortunately, Shamieh’s characters are presented as types, a quality badly accentuated by most of the performances…There's plenty ...
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March 22nd, 2017
"A gigantic story, enveloping us with a whole universe of fascinating intrigue...The cast is also a stellar bunch...Brilliantly directed by May Adrales, 'The Strangest' is ferociously funny. The production is also dazzling in its style: the original music and sound design breathe life into the st...
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March 29th, 2017
"It is a noble experiment, but Camus’ existentialism sits uneasily with Shamieh and The Semitic Roots' 'activist agenda'...For a play that’s all about mystery, little is left to the imagination...More than which son will get murdered, many in the audience may wonder why the playwright spent so mu...
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