Disgraced Out of Your Comfort Zone

Our friends, Simma and Jeffrey, invited us to the West Coast Premiere of Disgraced, a stage play that examines old and new prejudices that shadow each and every one of us. The prescient theme of Islamophobia in today’s world reveals it’s still prejudice, just under new management.

Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama encircles two couples – an Arab man and his white wife and a Jew with a black wife. The third act as a celebratory dinner confronts you head on as party banter blunders into simmering prejudice and betrayal. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Disgraced is not escapist entertainment. I left disturbed by how the play pushed me out of my comfort zone; how it challenged my self-concepts and questioned my biases. This unease lasted for several days, which is a good thing because it forced me to examine and reconcile my beliefs. The SF Chronicle has the little critic man jumping out of his seat; I say he should be flying out of it. I highly recommend Disgraced before it leaves the Berkeley Rep December 27th.

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