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New York Critics Love “Threesome”

Posted by Karina Mena | 27 July 2015

Threesome started performances in New York City in  July, and played at the 59E59 Theater through August 23rd. The show received a lot of press coverage, the majority of it positive and excited about this unique play and production. Some excerpts and links provded below!

The cast of Threesome at 59E59 Theaters: (l-r) Quinn Franzen, Alia Attallah and Karan Oberoi. 


"Under Chris Coleman's exacting direction, this ensemble cast brilliantly showcases Mr. Guindi's dense text, exposing its layers and its challenging deep questions about the relationship between men and women, the exploitation of women, how sexual violence affects women, and how issues of race and culture interact in the development of significant human relationships." Theatre Reviews

"All three performers, under Chris Coleman’s fluent direction, bring nice shadings to their characters ... fully realized and engaging performances" –The NY Times

"Hilarious and provocative ... Director Chris Coleman seamlessly melds the play's sexual and political themes until you realize they're one in the same ... You may buy a ticket for the full-frontal nudity, but you'll stay for El Guindi's sharp observations of sex, tribe, and power." TheaterMania

"There’s a hefty amount of bravery behind El Guindi’s play. The topical territory of gender, sexism, and identity within Islam makes for an important play worth taking note. Director Chris Coleman finds the delicate balance in the expectations of the play’s sex comedy beginnings and its intentional subversion by the second ... it's wonderful to see west coast theatres taking on this side of the country with an exciting new work." –Theater Is Easy

"Between El Guindi's writing and Chris Coleman's direction, the show is perfectly paced, unfolding in carefully calibrated scenes, and I am grateful to have gone in knowing little about it ... Superb writing and direction, the cast is amazingly committed, honest, and real. It's not an easy play to watch, but it is absolutely worth the time and emotional investment." –Show Showdown

"El Guindi’s cogent and often perceptive story is well-executed by the ensemble" T&B On the Aisle

"Delightful comic moments, largely thanks to Franzen’s Doug ... Franzen’s timing is impeccable" Theater Pizzazz

"The cast is capable and committed" –NY Daily News

“Dialect Coach Mary McDonald-Lewis can only have created an accent exhibited by Leila so authentic I frankly thought was the actress’s own” –Woman around Town

"The tensions between nakedness and nudity, shame and self-mastery, and comedy and drama fuel Yussef El Guindi’s powerful Threesome … A witty, inventive script and a gutsy, powerhouse central performance by Alia Attallah electrify this tale of an Egyptian-American couple confronting their traumatic past in two bedrooms, one real, one fantastical.Blogcritics

"Threesome still opens up dialogues not often explored on New York stages. Like Pulitzer-winner Disgraced before it, Threesome confronts issues of gender and Muslim identity head-on, and its powerful final scene, which pits self-congratulatory western narratives of Muslim culture against the realities of Middle Eastern experience, provides ample food for thought.Exuent Magazine

Listen to an interview with the cast on New York's famed public radio station, WNYC.

 

Threesome performance footage from our very own stage!

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