Women of Iraq

Mosaic's one-woman show taps into historical currents

Uribe: Tiny quirks and vocal swoops
Uribe: Tiny quirks and vocal swoops


Presented through May 13. Call 954-577-8243, or visit www.mosaictheatre.org.
Mosaic Theatre, the American Heritage Center for the Arts, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation

At the play's end, Layal is nowhere to be found, and her painting is being hawked on the street, along with all the other sacred objects of the old, lost Iraq, valuable only if they can be traded for food. The woman selling it is the ancient vendor who's lived through "23 revolutions." Suddenly, she is more ancient still, standing up, hungry no more. She is the voice of the entire country then, a witness to "7,000 revolutions," a ghost of a conscience, and an unfulfilled promise, which turns always back to this hardscrabble life and naked will to live, the ebb of a cycle so slow we cannot fathom it, even as we watch it begin again.

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