Dark War Comedy Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
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The last date listed for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was Sunday September 30, 2012 / 3:00pm.
Currently at Round House Theatre - Bethesda
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Coming off successful runs in London, Chicago and off-Broadway, where it won the 2014 New York Drama… More
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Featured review from SarahjuneRed Velvet
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To define this as a "dark comedy" is stretching the definition. This is a serious a look at the Iraqi war and its ramifications to all of the creatures involved: feline, human and "inhuman" (specifically the representation of the acts of excess and cruelty of Sadam Hussain's two sons during their reign.) Yes, there is the occasional nervous laugh, but the focus is intensely directed on the psychology of desperate people in desperate times. Not to give away the plot completely, this was an excellently written and performed play, with the use of ghostly figures highlighting a new take on the afterlife -- very effective and thought provoking when used within this narrative. This play is not for the faint of heart, but worthwhile for its originality and razor-sharp lens on the absurdities of a war where the lines between good and evil are blurred.
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Terrific acting and staging by Roundhouse, but the script stinks (and I don't care if it was nominated for a Pulitzer). For a play that purports to be about the invasion of Bagdad and the ensuing chaos, it's oddly depoliticized: lots of ranting...
This show is recommended for those age 17 and older.
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