Directed by Tara Elliot, Burq Off! is a tour de force of performance and some stage magic. All of the props (from Burqas, to newspapers, to lists of commandments) are made of the fabrics which drape the show, a conceit so simple but so powerful in its execution. Elliot brings a grace to the piece which flows evenly from Nadia’s childhood to her adulthood.
Incorporating theatrical ingenuity between scene transitions, director Tara Elliott has helped writer and performer Nadia P. Manzoor shape her coming-of-age story into a funny, heartfelt tour de force.
As a standup fan who has seen comics like Aziz Ansari, Hannibal Buress, and John Mulaney perform live sets, I was impressed by the high comedic bar Mindy Raf set for the night. She is refreshingly polished while still being the kick-ass, real woman that you’ve been waiting for. Bravo.
Directors Tara Elliott, Katie Lindsey, and Ashley Brooke Monroe maximize the quality and crevices of their repurposed space. They exact such a rigorous physicality for the muses, that the performers appear like airy automatons...this ambitious immersive experience truly enchants the whole room
Captured the soul of the artist in all of us...From seating arrangements, to site lines, to the art on the walls, these subtle experiences in each room aided in the atmosphere of the piece...and that's a sign of success.