THEATRE Convergence

Twair, Pat McDonnell
February 2004
Middle East;Feb2004, Issue 342, p62
Playwright Shakir Yusif Farsakh proves himself a master in character development in his two-act play "Convergence." Despite the fact that the two chief protagonists are the commander of a Palestinian suicide bomb brigade and a colonel in the occupying Israeli army, the empathy of the audience for the players was palpable at the world premiere of this provocative work, which ran for 21 performances at the small Lex theatre in Hollywood, under the auspices of the Blue Sphere Alliance in 2003. Indeed, the success of the opening run, which pulled in full houses nightly, prompted the artistic director Anthony Barnao to begin work on a revised version of the ensemble production which should open in February 2004. Shakir Farsakh certainly holds the right credentials for telling the story of two people claiming the same land. His father is Palestinian, his mother is Jewish and he was born in Beirut.


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