Five Reasons to See ... The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic ComedyDate: 15 August 2010
Negin Farsad gives us five reasons to go along to The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy, which is at Whistlebinkies on South Bridge from 7-25 August as part of the Free Fringe.
1. If you’re into the concept of countries being slutty, then you should really see The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy. In fact, national horniness is at the heart of the show as Palestine and Israel meet at the 1948 Geneva Convention, flirt, hit it off, then have a steamy one-night stand. The two were well on their way to a long-term romance, but once Israel got land and Palestine didn’t, the after-glow quickly turns ugly. Emotions raged, vengeance erupted, and a crippling case of love-nuts instigated an epic international conflict. The real question is, can a couple of promiscuous countries turn their on-again-off-again affair into a loving relationship?
2. You should see the show because you want to do your part in the international peace-making process. Is it delusional to say that simply watching a show about Israel and Palestine, as a couple of sex-driven countries, will actually bring about world peace? Yes. Totally. But here’s a good question: are you doing anything to bring about world peace? That’s what I thought. Seeing this show could only help!
3. You should see it if you’re a closeted or totally overt lover of musicals – it’s great for those of us who can’t help but occasionally belt out our inner Gypsy Rose Lee.
4. You love it when two people make it look like they’re 12 people. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy is a two person musical but there are well more than 2 characters – there are in fact 12 characters throughout the show so there is no shortage of accents, voices, and absolutely believable hat changes.
5. You should see the show because you like jokes – good, solid, smart, and occasionally scatological jokes. Jokes are probably the number one thing this absurdist show can offer. What else would you expect from a musical that puts boning at the center of international diplomacy?
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy is at Whistlebinkies on South Bridge from 7-25 August as part of the Free Fringe.
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