Ziad Rahbani's play "Lawla FusHatu l-Amali"
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 09:39:53 -0500
From: philo@sunesc.East.Sun.COM (philo von mtein)
Subject: Re: the picture
Advertisement taken from An-Nahar for Ziad Rahbani's play "Lawla FusHatu
l-Amali", which played in 1994, at the Picadelli theater in Beirut. The
photograph shows the female cast of the play, which includes:
The play got critical reviews in Lebanon. It was not very well received by
the public, although it played to almost sold out shows for several months.
Many critics argued that Ziad was becoming more and more desperate and
his two recent plays were only cries of frustration of an artist who has
produced such classics as "Film amerikiy Tawil" and "nazl s-suruur".
This argument is supported in the play's end where "l-kahraba" (electricity
seen in the picture with the zigzag on the head) leaves and the only person
left in "lebanon" is the policeman, played by ziad himself. The policeman
lays down on the bench and says :
"at least, we still have fairuz", as his transistor radio plays 2 tracks
of Fairuz simultaneously, mixed in with a turkish version of one of Fairuz's
- l-'akhle' or "morals", in white with the aureole
- Ako, daughter of "masare" from his previous play "be khSous l-karame w
Sh-sha@b l-@anid". Ako is the one with the spiky hair next to l-'akhle'.
- jurthuma, or "bug", on the left of akhle'. Singer and all around teen ager.
Ziad is the son of Fairuz and @assi Rahbani, two of the giants of lebanese
music in the 20th century.