Favorite TV Show: Orphan Black and Game of Thrones go head to head
Favorite Food: Does Red Mango count? If not, sushi
Favorite Book: The Child Thief by Brom (which she read at 14 so does not remember many details about it other than the fact that she loved it)
Favorite Comedians: Bo Burnham and Donald Glover
Maham sometimes goes by Mahi, she has moved about eleven times (four of which were within New York City: Jackson Heights, Astoria, Bayside, Harlem), and her most enjoyable experience thus far was TDF’s Open Doors program. Theatregoing (and art in general) has become an emotional outlet she never imagined was possible. She is Latin-obsessed (yes, the dead language), cannot create art for the life of her (except sometimes writing), and watches almost every TV show BBC has to offer. She joins PXP Magazine, while attending Sophie Davis.
BUT--Let's talk about the play.
Basically: it takes place during a time of coal mines, and racism.
An African American woman gets a job, that her really good white friend wanted.
It was funny how quickly the racism came out as soon as the African American woman got the job.
So this guy and his dad never really got along. It's not like they fought over everything or hated each other, it's just that there were fundamental differences in who they were. BOY COULD I RELATE TO THIS.
Q: What did you expect from the show?
A: I expected some high-minded thing. A bunch of ideas that philosophers tell, not down-to-earth —not relatable. Something abstract and not applicable to real life. That’s what I expected.
Q: So what did you find?
A: What I didn’t expect was to find myself in the show. I thought I would see someone else’s perspective in the show. But I saw myself.
Sentences are oddly structured on purpose, with missing nouns or verbs, but it's easy to take it for granted because it's still intelligible, with all the timbre of modern-day English.
It was actually quite amusing, when the I understood the play on words.
But this also makes me wonder if I missed anything.
It first started out with just the child on stage, she explains how her parents got together.
Then she slowly goes through her childhood and shows how her parents love turns into something ugly.
She shows how she was always in the middle of it.
Things I wish I was told before the show:
1. You will see a penis for the first time.
2. There are no assigned seats so you will probably end up in a bad angled corner-- get there early.
3. The show starts off slow but believe me, it speeds up.
4. The show is mostly in silence.
5. The mysterious voice is a person and not just a recording, not important, but nice to know.
And what's even more crazy is that she's able to take everyone around her to that place of pure joy.
Ana grew up during the Vietnam war.
She and her family had to move many times until they were able to settle down.
I can't imagine how unfair she must have thought her life was...
Isabelle though.... Oh, poor Isabelle.
They basically asked her to demonstrate things on the hot lights-guy/scientist of the show, Stefan (who later gave a very very lovely strip tease). She had to caress him and at some point nipple-twist . But yeah--poor Isabelle. Her face was on fire and she looked about ready to faint.
Most Relatable Part of the Show
Fariha: When Nadia talked about her parents, I understood and felt every word she said. My mom can be overbearingly religious to the point it pushes me away from Islam. My dad is more relaxed and wants me to do what I like.
Mahi: When she told her cousin she was English, and her cousin replied that she would never be. Growing up in America, I feel more American than Pakistani myself. But I guess throughout... life I suppose, I am constantly reminded that I could never truly be American. But I don’t think I’ll ever truly be Pakistani either. It’s this terrible middle I’m stuck in, the middle that Nadia was in throughout the entire show.