The Critics Have Spoken

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Postcard-Front2 copyOur production of THE FALLEN by Yasmine Beverly Rana made the #2 slot on Culturequake:  The 10 best Off-Off Broadway plays of 2013.READ MORE.

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REVIEWS:

nRoma Torre’s NY1 Review for THE FALLEN by Yasmine Beverly RananTranscriptnJuly 7, 2013nnWatching THE FALLEN is a refreshing reminder of the raw power a good play possesses in the hands of an astute director. A big budget is not necessary, nor are star actors or fancy sets. And if the off-off Broadway production at the T. Schreiber Studio is limited in resources, it is richly rewarding in drama.nnThe play by Yasmine Beverly Rana, concerns the women who survived the Bosnian War from ’92 – ‘95 – victims of the systematic rape and forced pregnancies by Serbian soldiers. An estimated 20 to 50 thousand Muslim women were violated repeatedly and the resulting children were aborted, abandoned or raised in a climate of tortured emotions.nnRana tells her story in 6 seemingly disparate parts but what appear to be loose threads are cleverly woven together by play’s end – yielding a picture that is complete but shattering. Jumping back and forth in time we see how rape as an instrument of terror becomes a national tragedy – many of the women threw themselves off rooftops while others lived in a state of shame…and their children, unable to shake their perpetual guilt.nnTerry Schreiber directs THE FALLEN with unflinching honesty. He manages to convey the brutality of war with an understanding that no one really wins. And even when it’s over, the moral toll on humanity lasts for generations.nnThe men, depicted during and after the war, are painted in shades of grey – there is no black and white in this story. And the sad, broken women are multidimensional as well. Yet each character, as written and performed, gives us reason by the end for a sense of hope.nnLike a foreign film, there’s a stark quality to this production, haunting and all too real. Thanks to Ms. Rana and THE FALLEN’s fine company, the Bosnian women emerge from the shadows of history into inescapably sharp focus.nnView NY1 Upload HEREn

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From Other Reviews

n“The Fallen is beautifully written with well formed characters, great acting, directing and design.” nn-nytheatre.comnn“The most emotionally wrenching (and best) play of the last three months is Yasmine Beverly Rana’s The Fallen, directed by Terry Schreiber at T. Schreiber Studio. In The Fallen, Classical Camp is in the subject matter, and you wouldn’t blame Mr. Schreiber for attempting a full throated production that threatens to deafen the audience. But the delivery shades into high tragedy, especially in Kelly Swartz’s rendition of a young woman trying to understand her parents’ roles in the Bosnian War. Told in episodes that flash back and forth between the mid-nineties and the late aughts, The Fallen is the story of genocide and ethnic cleansing undertaken through a program of systematic rape of Bosnian Muslim women. The setup may seem to suggest a clear path to moral indignation and condemnation, but Ms. Rana’s script finds deeply moving complications in the relationship of a daughter — who was the product of one such rape — and her mother.”nnWill Kentonat Frontier Psychiatristnnn“The inclusiveness of Anais’s internal struggle, not merely for ethnic identity but for human identity, demonstrates the way drama transcends the courtroom and lifts this compelling and extraordinary play above other plays that try to wrestle with genocide and ethnic cleansing.”nnCultural Capitol

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