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Mahmoud

Mahmoud

By Tara Grammy & Tom Arthur Davis
Subjects: Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age — 15–18, Women Writers, Middle Eastern Canadian Playwrights, Ontario Playwrights, Comedy, Solo Shows
Casting: 1 f
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770913240, 96 pages, February 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770913264, 250 pages, February 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770913257, 250 pages, February 2015

Awards

  • Nominated, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2015

Description

Mahmoud is an exuberant, if overwhelmingly passionate, Iranian engineer-cum-taxi driver who relishes the chance to regale his passengers with his love of Persian culture. Emanuelos, a fabulously gay Spanish perfume salesman, can talk a mile-a-minute about his boyfriend, Behnam. And then there's Tara, an awkwardly charming Iranian Canadian preteen who just wants to be "normal," whatever that means. When the three strangers find themselves crossing paths in the busy streets of Toronto, their experiences with racism, sexism, homophobia, homesickness, and everything in between become intertwined in unexpected ways.

Reviews

"[Mahmoud] expertly manages the tension between the comedic and the dramatic through fine character crafting. "

- Cristina D’Amico, Toronto Review of Books

"The script weaves [the characters'] lives together in surprising ways, with some sensitive and sombre moments mixed with the laughs. "

- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine