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Detour Guide

Chicago Temple
77 W. Washington St Chicago

This one-man musical, co-produced with Stage Left Theatre, takes us on an alternative tour of the Arab world and Arab America. Using lyrics, percussion and an urban soundscape, master storyteller and musician Karim Nagi guides us through a social and political labyrinth, extolling the virtues of revolution, immigration, and hummus along the way.

Thru - Apr 7, 2019

Mondays: 7:30pm
Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 4:00pm
Sundays: 4:00pm

Price: $38

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 312-857-1234 x201

Running Time: 1hr, 40mins

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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...One of the most emotionally resonant vignettes finds Nagi playing Marwa, an immigrant woman from Syria working in a Middle Eastern restaurant in America — the kind of place where they use (horror of horrors!) canned hummus. She’s a trained classical musician but cannot find work in her profession in her new world. Once again, the words drop away as Nagi mimes her conducting an orchestra, using ordinary kitchen implements. It’s a lovely transformation and a wistful reminder of how much immigrants must sometimes sacrifice so much of what they love for the sake of staying alive."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Enthusiastically directed by Anna C. Bahow, Karim Nagi is a very engaging performer. He’s a performer of unbelievable talent, passion and amiability. Making the most of a realistically recreated Arabian street scene, created by set designer Samia Malik, and festooned with a myriad of authentic-looking props, by Abigail Cain, and costume pieces, provided by Brenda Winstead, this is an educational and entertaining travelogue that makes the audience feel like they’ve actually traveled all over the Arab World."
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Colin Douglas

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