Off Broadway

Raghs Gives Insight Into a Young Girl’s Cultural Divide

Raghs Gives Insight Into a Young Girl’s Cultural Divide

Raghs is a one-women show found at The Winterfest at the Hudson Theatre Guild. Written and performed by Sohailla Mahjour, who is extremely talented and should be encouraged. For a first play this is impressive work.

We Follow Sarina as she visits Iran and teaches the culture to her best friend Kerrigan. She tells her of meeting her older cousin Benji, a kick-boxing doctor in Iran at twelve, who she develops a fascination with. At fourteen Benji comes to America for a visit. At one point Sarina has a conversation with her mom about her teenage cousin getting married and her mom explaining, “marriage is a political process.” Sarina states “I could never get married at this age.”Now at 16 Sarina has gotten her first kiss from her cousin. She shares it with Kerrigan who is disgusted because Benji is twenty years older than Sarina. As she loses Kerrigan, she gains Benji and a life she claimed she did not want. In the end is Sarina trapped or did she get the life she wanted all along?

The story is touching and real, giving insight into another world. Some of the characters need to be more fleshed out earlier on so we have clear description of them. This would help establish Kerrigan and Benji as they blend together until the middle of the play.

Ms. Mahjour is a talented actress who needs a really good director, unfortunately Pati Amoroso isn’t a strong enough choice. For more than half the show Ms. Mahjour is sideways and we miss her expressive face. You have to cheat out. Being sideways also muffles the sound, so we miss some of the text, which would clear up the confusion on who is who.

Ms. Mahjour is a talent on the rise and though Raghs isn’t perfect, I highly recommend it.

Raghs: Winterfest, Hudson Guild, 411 West 26th Street. Jan 28th @ 1pm and 29th @ 6pm.

Off Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

More in Off Broadway

Nancy Anderson, Robert Cuccioli, Mara Davi

A Man’s World Brings Robert Cuccioli, Mara Davi, Nancy Anderson to the Stage For Shaw

Genevieve Rafter KeddySeptember 21, 2017
Peter Bradbury

She Says: The Violin Sings For Humanity

Suzanna BowlingSeptember 20, 2017
Robert Lupone

He Says: The Violin: Failing to Sew Lives Back Together

RossSeptember 20, 2017
Peter Bradbury, Robert LuPone, Kevin Isola

He Says: Aisle Say on the Square: When the Strings are in Tune

David SpencerSeptember 19, 2017
Lacy Allen, Philip Feldman

Inanimate: A Sign of True Love

RossSeptember 19, 2017
C.J. Wilson, Mary McCann

On The Shore of the Wide World: Coping & Watching but Not Diving In

RossSeptember 19, 2017
Peter Mahonney, Wesley Zurick

On the Shore of the Wild World is More Tame Than Wild

Suzanna BowlingSeptember 16, 2017
Still, Birth

Still, Birth Helps Release the Trauma of Losing a Child

Suzanna BowlingSeptember 16, 2017
Oona Laurence, Milly Shapiro

NYMF’s Peace, Love and Cupcakes: The Musical Says No Bully at Henri Bendel

Genevieve Rafter KeddySeptember 16, 2017