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Who’s the biggest diva at ReOrient, the 10-year-old Middle Eastern theater festival? The monthlong fest of short plays features some sweepingly grand talent among its many playwrights. Is it Betty Shamieh, revered Arab-American author of Tamam? MacArthur Fellows (also known…
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Culture, Stage Edna O&#146;Brien&#146;s <i>Tir</i> <i>na</i> <i>n&Oacute;g</i> Loses Its Magic

Edna O’Brien’s Tir na nÓg Loses Its Magic

Since I attended the world premiere of Edna O'Brien's new play, Tir na nÓg, at the Magic Theatre last week, Chris Smith has been on my mind. Smith, who is leaving the venerable 41-year-old S.F. company this season after just…
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Set during the Crusades and based on much conjecture, Betty Shamieh's play tells the story of a Muslim woman who changed the course of history. Alia (Nora el Samahy), a beautiful yet crippled noblewoman, is forced to employ the strategic…
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