Review by Ann Marie Cusella
A small statue of the god Shiva, destroyer of evil and transformer, sits in the center of the mantle, just underneath the abstract painting based on Islamic geometric patterns by Emily, the very Upper East Side artist wife of Amir, American born Muslim apostate and corporate lawyer in a firm owned by Jews. He stands on top of the table in their very well-appointed elegant apartment, wearing his boxer shorts and the upper half of a very expensive suit while she sketches him from a chair. She has become obsessed with a portrait by Velazquez of Juan de Pareja, his slave of Moorish descent, and wants to capture Amir in the same way Velazquez captured “truth” in his portrait...Read More
Review by Buffalo Theatre Guide
They could be any accomplished, upscale couple living in Manhattan. He is a mergers and acquisitions attorney, she is an artist who finds her muse in Islamic imagery. He’s an American born Pakistani, raised in a Muslim household, she is porcelain skinned, auburn haired, attracted to opposites. But Amir and Emily’s story is an exquisite manipulation of identity: who they are, who they aspire to be, and to whom they are trying to turn from. This intense and very human drama is the heart of “Disgraced, “ the riveting Pulitzer Prize winning play by Ayad Akhtar making its Western New York premiere as the penultimate show in Road Less Traveled Production’s season...Read More
Review by Colin Dabkowski
Amir Kapoor believes he is on a lifelong journey away from his faith. But he has no idea the path he has chosen is a circle.
In an effort to distance himself from the traditions of his Islamic background, Kapoor has changed his name and social security number. He has married outside his culture and religion against the wishes of his family. And, as another character in Ayad Akhtar's jarring play "Disgraced" notes, he has "adorned himself in the splendors" of American capitalism.