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').
“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 big targets…It’s a lot to tackle, and ‘The Strangest’ stumbles honorably. Perhaps Ms. Shamieh should have trusted her setting more. In close quarters, a story can be told simply, and it will be heard.” Full Review
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