Audience: Katherine King

Jun

Houses Without Walls

Powerful dialgue, acting, and message. Through the prism of mother-daughter anger and anguish, Rodriguez Drissi has created a biting examination of emigration, its causes and effects. Two mothers, living in the same house but divided by a separation wall, and two daughters, separated from those mothers by emigration to the United States, trade despairing accusations and hopeful dreams in searing language. A narrator creates a Brechtian distance between stage and spectators but eventually, parallel to the emotional trajectory of the dialogue, becomes part of the action, as all walls, for an instant, dissolve. I loved the pl;awrught's deployment of elemental imagery--fire, air, earth, and water to describe the political and geographical homeland where the mothers remain.

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