Favorite music: Indie Alternative
Favorite movie: Roman Holiday
Favorite place: a concert
Favorite hobby: drawing
Hey guys! My name is Mona Dwedar. I’m an Egyptian-Filipino, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. If my friends would describe me, the first thing they would mention is my child-at-heart personality. They have compared me to having the same energy, excitement, and curiosity as a child. From cartoons to toys, there’s this wonderfully overwhelming feeling of joy and nostalgia. Aside from that, I’m also an energetic, spontaneous, adventurous person who loves all things fun, such as travel, music, art, film, and of course theater. I love new experiences, and I can’t wait to share them with you!
I went to this show after a long day but I was intrigued. I met up with my friend Mona and boyfriend Anthony and we went into the theater together. We were about to see a show and I was excited! The only thing... this show was far from happy. It was quite dark to be honest.
The big takeaway here: Can I be a drag queen? No, seriously though. Can I be? Because it looks hella fun and like they’re an insanely good time, and that’s what I want to be. I want to be that.
Now, let me give you a bit of background. Ketamine is basically a dissociative anesthetic that gives you that outer body experience. The show surprisingly gets into its scientific name, its effects, all that jazz. A summed up dummy’s guide to Ketamine, which was great because I didn’t even know what it was. #themoreyouknow
I grab some egg nog and a cookie as the usher tells us the theater is open. I walk into this attic and see this little Christmas card with my name on it. Reserved seating. Don’t I feel fancy? But this was the point I started to get confused. I go from this warm Christmas feel to wtf am I watching here? It got dark real fast.
Now, this show is all about Marie Antoinette, but I wasn’t diggin’ her to be honest. She was rude, self-centered, superficial, manipulative... shall I go on? I think you get the idea. Yet, I found myself somehow identifying with her. How is that even possible?
I began to understand both sides. On the one hand action speaks louder than words and if we want something done, then we have to do it ourselves. On the other hand, I understand that we live in a different age with different circumstances and technology, so wouldn’t accessing a larger platform be the way to go? The first thing we should do?
Mr. Keating is your unconventional teacher that helps you explore and be who you truly are. He doesn’t do his job of just teaching you the academics, he goes even further caring about his students and bringing them to their full potential.
So obviously the rooster is played by an actor, but the way the characters react to his attractiveness made it seem like he was more human than rooster. I mean, I get why they did. His red hair caught my eye, and obviously he was tall and had muscles and all that good stuff. The more I watched, the more I took him to be a human. Not only does he make out with one of the characters, but he also talks and thinks just like us. Human or rooster?
On one side, you had Queen Marguerite, my favorite. She was your cynical, pessimistic realist who told it like it is. She put you in your place when you stepped out of line, and that’s pretty hard to find nowadays. A person who’s genuinely honest with you. No sugar coating or fakeness.
While the show was pretty far for this Brooklyn girl, it was definitely worth the trip to Queens. A friend of mine was performing in the show (mini shoutout to Chris. You killed it!), and I was excited to see his college debut as an actor. I remembered countless conversations about his dream of becoming an actor, so I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to support him at this show.