Once upon a time there was Toutou

BEIRUT – Imagine an enchanted world where the Big Bad Wolf fails to eat Little Red Riding Hood because he accidentally ate a poisoned red apple – the one dropped in the forest by the Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”Imagine an extravagant world in which Prince Charming from “Sleeping Beauty” does not awaken his beloved from her 102-yearlong snooze because, by mistake,...
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STARCH: Pleasing to the eye and pleasurable to the touch

BEIRUT – Starch is an inoffensive substance, white, odorless and tasteless. When it’s dissolved in warm water, its molecules become a thick gluing agent commonly used to harden soft textiles. Starch, and all its metaphorical readings, is the idea behind “STARCH your Summer,” the design exhibition nowadays up at the Beirut Art Center’s upstairs gallery. It is the purest form of...
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Neil Simon’s ‘The Dinner Party’ through a burlesque lens

BEIRUT – A puzzling enigma, a secretive atmosphere, suspicious characters: these are the component parts of “The Dinner Party,” which opened at Masrah Babel Saturday.Written by Pulitzer prize-winning American playwright Neil Simon and directed here by Zeinab Assaf, this witty comic piece features students from the Haigazian University Acting Club. The figurative curtain rose upon a...
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