BWW Review: Stray Cat Theatre Presents Guillermo Calderon's KISS

Monday, September 18, 2017
Broadway World


It is a play that works on a number of levels: startling an audience out of its comfort zone, engaging it in the shared discovery of uncomfortable and inconvenient truths, revealing the barriers that must be surmounted to achieve cross-cultural understanding.

Is it enough to know that Syrian soap operas (musalselat) have become vehicles for political expression, that suppression of the artistic voice is tantamount to the kiss of cultural death?

These are the questions, the answers to which will leave the audience in a far different frame of mind and understanding than when they entered the theatre.

They are questions, however, that require the audience to be patient and me, the reviewer, out of consideration for the playwright's intention, to refrain from disclosure of the plot's details.