Oh My Sweet Land
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Oh My Sweet Land

Oh My Sweet Land NYC Reviews and Tickets

(6 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Must see

About the Show

The Play Co. presents this environmentally staged solo play featuring a Syrian woman sharing stories from her past while preparing a meal in various NYC kitchens.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (6)

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212 Reviews | 39 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you want to experience a forceful and absorbing play about a woman and her stories/memories about war, politics, torture and sex.

Don't see it if You look for a night of light entertainment. The stories that you will hear during this strong performance will leave you devastated

105 Reviews | 58 Followers
Great acting, Important & relevant, Absorbing & intense, Inventive staging, Must see

See it if you are numb from all the horrifying images of Syrian cities & refugees - this will rekindle your fatigued compassion. Must see!

Don't see it if you can't reconcile seeing a play abt people who have so little from the kitchen of people who have so much. Otherwise see it, it's so good.

Also I would have rated this a point or two higher if not for the lighting where I was sitting. Saw this in Carroll Gardens and sat on the side of the kitchen, where for a lot (maybe 40%) of the show the stage lights shined right in my eyes. I know kitchens aren't made for theater lighting and the actor had to deal with much worse (sometimes she stood directly over a light tube for several minutes - that could not have been fun for her eyes), but it made me physically uncomfortable, esp at the beginning of the show before I had become fully immersed in the story.

444 Reviews | 56 Followers
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Oh, the onions...feel the burn, If you can get a ticket. Willing to step out of theater and into the kitchen.

Don't see it if No reason not to.

267 Reviews | 52 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Must see

See it if Just go, if you can. Powerful story, incredible acting, terrific writing and staging. Brings focus to an important story often overlooked.

Don't see it if Just go. Unless you have no sympathy for innocent people caught up in a war they didn't choose.

13 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You enjoy intimate, site-specific, immersive theatre that explores intense subject matter, both personal and political.

Don't see it if You're hungry: the delicious smells of Ms. Zuabi's cooking are fabulous. Also, chefs, try not to be alarmed by her knife technique.

Also A near perfect play, a near perfect theatre experience, performed in someone's actual kitchen, in the performance I saw, deep in Alphabet City. Ms. Zuabi should receive an Obie for her beautiful writing, beautifully acted. She made me weep in horror for the Syrian people. Yet also in sympathy and recognition for her personal struggles and pain as a Syrian American woman in this xenophobic and anti-Arab time, and from loving someone you can't have. Most brilliant moment: the bitterness of the onions while cooking and at one point, burning, which made the clearly mostly affluent (and white) audience cringe, and made visibly uncomfortable. Some even looked annoyed. No spoilers, but anyone familiar with recent Syrian history would tell you that there is a poignant, horrifying point to the discomfort you experience. While you can't eat the meal of kobbeh Ms. Zuabi makes, she certainly makes you eat your American privilege. Bonus: she provides you a nice dessert to end your meal.

800 Reviews | 252 Followers
During previews
Riveting, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Devastating

See it if Intense experience of a woman seeking ... God? ... amidst the Syrian war. Performed in a kitchen. As the meat cooks, so do the people.

Don't see it if You don't want to be immersed in the horrors of the war, alongside the resilience and beauty of the people.

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
September 17th, 2017

"A wrenching and shrewd solo show...Malouf is a rigorous and impassioned actress with liquid eyes and a way of moving from one character to the next with subtle delineation...The play is about our incomplete ability to wrap our heads around a war being fought half a world away, about our finite capacity for empathy...Yet this isn’t a scolding play or a holier-than-thou one. The woman is realizing the limits of her own awareness right alongside us."
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September 17th, 2017

"Zuabi was inspired to write 'Oh My Sweet Land' after conducting a series of interviews with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and sometimes that research becomes glaring. The hunt for Ashraf stops and these secondary stories take over. That's not such a bad thing, though, since they are far more compelling than the central plot...Malouf conveys these side roles with understated elegance...With few exceptions, Zuabi's staging and Malouf's performance regularly cover for an undercooked script."
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Exeunt Magazine
September 22nd, 2017

"Malouf taps exquisite emotional precision to tell a polyvocal story of the Syrian people’s suffering...Zuabi overworks his metaphor at times and, as the director, seals the deal with an unnecessary concluding flourish, but those gripes are trifles in the bigger scheme of this production, whose hands-down strength is Malouf’s iridescent performance. She translates the range of human emotions that Zuabi relates with the empathy and imagination of the best storytellers."
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Village Voice
September 20th, 2017

"Zuabi sends his audience across time and space, through vivid storytelling, aggressive smells and sounds, and descriptive detail—all imbued with a furious intensity that is not easily shaken...Guided by Malouf’s relentless stare, we become passengers on her character’s impulsive and complicated voyage...This production physically impacts us. Zuabi wants us shaken from our inertia and any sense that this civil war is happening somewhere else."
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