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Thursday, August 4, 2016


Last week I had the opportunity to see Ayad Akhtar's play Disgraced at the Guthrie Theater, and loved it. LOVED it! It is quite simply one of the best shows I've seen this year.

Given the temperament of today's culture, and the sentiments of many leaders in our country, Disgraced does an excellent job of showing the impact fear, distrust, and even hatred, can have on targeted minority groups. It speaks to the blanket stereotyping of individuals, based on the behavior of few people.

(Photo by Todd Pernsteiner)

Our headlines today, are filled with stories of shootings of African-American men who have been detained, or stopped for no apparent reason other than the pigmentation in their skin, as well as daily reports of leaders, and potential leaders in this country, promoting the idea of banning, and deporting Muslims, simply because of their religion (even Muslim citizens born here) - a "blanket" response to the actions of a radical few. These "blanket" decisions are based on our inherent fear of the "other" and all of those who are different from us, and does not speak to our "greater selves" as Americans.

Disgraced tells the story of Amir, a successful Muslim man and his Caucasian wife, Emily, who are well on their way climbing the social ladder. When Amir gives input to the trial of a suspected Muslim terrorist as a favor to his wife, their once happy and successful world begins to spiral out of control. Akhtar's ability to capture that fear and tension is brilliantly executed, leaving us hungry to learn more by the play's end.

Disgraced is an amazing production and I highly recommend that you see it. The show is playing at the Guthrie Theater through August 28.

***What great plays have you seen lately?

What I wore to the theater that evening:    
               Yellow/Blue plaid Shirt:  Izod
               Light Blue Sweater Vest:  Brooks Brothers
               Bow Tie:  The Bow Tie Shoppe
               Yellow Chinos:  Brooks Brothers
               Shoes:  Nordstrom 1901's

               Watch:  Timex
               Watch Strap:  Timex

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