Heidi Armbruster and Aasif Mandvi as a married couple hosting a Manhattan dinner party in “Disgraced,” by Ayad Akhtar, at the Claire Tow. Read our review of the Broadway transfer of Disgraced, written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Kimberly Senior, which opened at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre. US writer Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer prize-winning play is taut, engrossing and powerful; an examination of our post-9/11 western world.

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The assumption is that regardless of your race and religion, if you work hard and pay your dues, at some point you will get that promotion and as a result, the respect of your colleagues and friends. What could go wrong with that get-together?

Disgraced review – Pulitzer-winning play challenges audience to question their tolerance

Akhtar provides a powerful exploration of the subject and I very much recommend this to any who are interested in exploration of various facets of this topic. As not to give anything away as is always the thing with a play, things shifting and building to the climactic finalethe basic premise is a dinner party the before and after with a business man and his artist wife who paints him and the married “art show guy looking at the artist’s work” I’m sure there’s a fancier aywd The layers of revelation, denial, anger, betrayal weave through the dialogue concerning religion, identity, marriage, art, ambition.

It was a good read. But if I were Amir, I would take it as a stab in the back by a friend who should know better. Emily brings Abe over for legal advice.

Both Abe and Emily accuse Amir of rejecting his Muslim heritage. Finalists Nominated as finalists in Drama in Editorial and Advisory Board: Didn’t feel completely blown away to give it a five. Isaac arrives, Amir leaves, and Emily gives Isaac, and us, a verbal essay on the value of Islamic culture.


The resulting anger and frustration is expressed through a debate on religious and national affiliations but that is not in fact the heart of the matter. When Jory and Isaac walk in, and are left alone for a moment, we learn that the partnership went to Jory, a fact unknown to Amir as of yet.

Retrieved November 28, There is also a rumination on art and representation but it overshadowed by the racial arc. For a nuanced yet powerful drama that reminds audiences of the stacked deck still facing workers searching for the American dream.

Laojimmy he beliefs, to me, seem intended to provoke. While this dialogue-driven play was a very fast read kind of frenetic, reallyit was not simple or easy in any way. Apr 28, Nahid Soltanzadeh rated it it was amazing Shelves: That comes across like a PBS series: Much like Amir, I suspect Ayad Akhtar was surprised by the accusations he encountered. They cheat and lie to advance the value system of a society that has enslaved them for centuries. In addition there are secrets revealed so quickly that they pile up like an avalanche and the scene nearly topples over from the weight.

I found it interesting as this was a contemporary piece that had a Muslim protagonist. No one is honorable in this modern day Othello.

On November 2,the Chicago cast was announced. Would love to see this performed. They just bombard you with all the “sensitive” issues of religion in America in the extremest way possible. The e This play was not what I imagined it to be when I began reading it.

I think that he is sprouting out the same hate that is said about Islam and about South Asians. I haven’t had the privilege of watching it live, and I hope to do so one day.

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

Winners in Drama She congratulates him on doing the right thing with no recognition that there is Danger-Will-Robinson anywhere on the horizon. That’s the short version. Can’t ask for much more from political art. According to Jory, the partners felt Amir was duplicitous.


But I also understand the concerns expressed about this play and its wide exposure. The thought I found interesting was that this play didn’t seem to really fulfill what I was looking for when I picked up the book. Businessman is Middle Easter, wife is white, gallery chairman is Jewish, his wife is black; and the topic of discussion for the dinner party — race, culture, religion, values, extremism, an imam on trial, etc.

The English Theatre Frankfurt. He is powerful and virile. It put the individual at the centre of the universe and made a cult out of the personal ego.

On Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced

Disgraced was originally scheduled at the American Theater Company in ChicagoIllinois, to run February 3 — March 4,with an official debut of February 6. Sorry if this review had nothing to offer, or made no sense. There is so much lost when all you have are the words on a page, and I quite appreciated that in the forward the author talks about what is gained and lost when you see a production, as opposed to read the words. Amir’s assimilated nephew, Abe born Hussein Malikhas concerns regarding the propriety of the arrest of a local akntar who is imprisoned on disgracec that may be trumped-up of financing terrorist-supporting groups, [8] leading Amir to question whether it is religious persecution.

But in Disgracedno one is afforded the luxury to live their own life. I sit disbraced to examine my own experience of the play. Archived from the original on July 29, It’s like I disgracev fit anywhere, because I’m too balkanic for the West, and too western for the Balkans.

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