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“Mafroukeh”, or an exploded woman

If you missed the play by Marwa Khalil and Wafa’a Halawi last March, it will be performed again for three consecutive weeks from June 23 on the stage of the Monnot theatre.

Directed by Riad Chirazi and produced by MFG Consultant, it is an intelligent, committed, spirited play, full of humour. Self-mockery is used there as the main vector to convey a message around an essential subject, which countries in difficulty – and ours, from war to crisis, is always relegating to later in their order of priorities.

Three characters, played by Marwa Khalil, Wafa’a Halawi and Serena Chami, portray the story of a recently divorced Lebanese woman. The three of them take a kaleidoscopic look at the crisis that this woman is going through and deal with its sociological, psychological and political repercussions within a patriarchal society where the personal status of women is still to this day confiscated by religious courts. , all communities included.

Built on the principle of scenic and narrative bursting, this piece holds together from beginning to end. There is a built coherence between its different constituents. The entire staging revolves around a theme of fragmentation, like the breakdown of intimacy through divorce. The main character himself is split into three actresses, three wives, three mothers, three lovers, who share the same costume and speak to a neighbor, who is us, the audience, but also and above all, the inquisitive eye of society. The decor, conceptualized by Riad Chirazi, is also made up of interchangeable panels which play on the appearance and disappearance of this character fragmented into three and who tries to resist being ousted from the stage as well as from the family photo, it is that is, of the collective as of the intimate. The end of the play embodied by the progressive and forced disappearance of the divorced woman is as masterful as it is moving.

On the tone of humor and self-mockery, the play goes a long way. It is crucial and demonstrates the eminently political function of art, which replaces the failing exercise of politicians as soon as it is a question of keeping alive the rebellious spirit and the libertarian and egalitarian quest of peoples, taken hostage by systems corrupt and archaic.

In these difficult times, the play by Marwa Khalil and Wafa’a Halawi chooses to denounce the scandal of the status quo around the question of the condition of women, constantly postponed. She combines tragedy with laughter with a surprising art of repartee. The humor of certain scenes reveals the tearing of a hostage society, thirsty for reforms and social progress, perfectly embodying this humor which Boris Vian said so well was “the politeness of despair”.

Hyam YARED

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Joelle HAJJAR

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If you missed Marwa Khalil and Wafa’a Halawi’s play last March, it will be performed again for three consecutive weeks from June 23 on the stage of the Monnot theatre. Directed by Riad Chirazi and produced by MFG Consultant, it is an intelligent, committed, spirited piece, full of humour. Self-mockery is used as…

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