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Wednesday, Sep 16 2009
People are likely to say the worst: Ask anyone with a "funny" name, or an obvious ethnicity, or one arm, or whatever. When you first meet people, they generally don't take the thoughtful route, instead reliably opting for the silliest possible remark. ("Hiya, Hiya! Heh heh. I bet you get that all the time.") It's understandable, and even kind of cute, for the most part. But imagine being Palestinian-American; even to say the phrase will raise some eyebrows, and some people apparently walk around with a terrorist joke perpetually on the tip of their tongues. Jennifer Jajeh anticipates them by calling her one-woman show I Heart Hamas. By all accounts, the show is calmer and more nuanced than the title; it tells the story of Jajeh's own surprisingly funny encounters in Ramallah and here at home, and addresses the ongoing international holy war from the perspective of a regular, if highly intelligent, young person.
Thursdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 24. Continues through Nov. 21, 2009

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