The (abridged) Adventures of Ali & Ali and the Axes of Evil: (a divertimento for warlords) based on The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the Axes of Evil: (a divertimento for warlords)
- by Marcus Youssef, Guillermo Verdecchia, and Camyar Chai
- directed by Jiv Parasram
They made it through Mogadishu, they brought Hilarity to Haiti, they made Kabul Krumble with laughter! (May be related to bombings...) Now we're bringing them to the UCDP! They're Ali Hakim and Ali Ababwa and they've got a Korean!
PUT DOWN THE GOAT!
Friday, March 20, 2009 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 10:00pm
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79a St George
From Heather Mcvingoe
Program Director Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
"It is a pleasure to host, for the first time, an outside company from that other part of the world. Mr. Ababwa, and Mr. Hakim in thier presentation of a NEW Ethnic Family Drama that still promises to resonate with universal themes, will no doubt be the first of many international performances from the lesser known regions of the world to grace our stage. Enriching not only the lives of us at the playhouse, but also of our loyal and most gracious audience. I look forward to seing you there."
Here's what the critics said about past productions of the original Ali & Ali:
“A vicious and viciously funny satire of life in the New American Empire, Ali and Ali is a hilarious and eye opening evening of political theatre - extremely politically-incorrect political theatre.”
- CBC Radio
“Need a reminder of how smart, relevant and entertaining live theatre can be? Then check out The Adventures of Ali & Ali And The Axes Of Evil.”
- NOW (Toronto)
“What makes Ali and Ali more than the sum of its satirical-jibe parts as it takes aim at the inscrutability of U.S. foreign policy is its cunning ability to play by those very same rules to their expected devastating conclusions…”
- Globe and Mail
“Diabolically funny" ...the funniest exposition of American foreign policy ever devised... The confrontations are little sketches depicting the horrors of being helped by American military power. Though Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine come to mind, the scenarios of destructive rescue in the Philippines, Cuba, Nicaragua and Chile provide distant background...”
“'out-Borats Borat' An often hilarious, sometimes repulsive and no-holds-barred lampooning of ... well, what do you got? How about Arab religious fanaticism, Israeli militarism, American colonialism and commercialism, and feel-good-but-phony theatrical multiculturalism? ... A warning to all: The humor can here can be crude, sexually graphic, profane or genuinely offensive.”
- The Seattle Times
“'A Whole New World' In the course of that well-paced hour and a half, Ali and Ali ultimately bring democracy and freedom to the audience, in more ways than one. This is some phenomenally funny theatre.”