An Improved Thaloub Draws Larger Audience
By Rana Nazzal
With a head count of one hundred and fifteen, the audience at Al Ghurbal's second show on Thursday evening in the Sound and Light Theatre was double that for their first show on Wednesday. Gone were the nerves and stage-fright of the group's opening night. At end of their second show, actor Tareq Rihani told Albawaba that "I was very delighted with the show, so delighted in fact, that I wish I could go on acting all night." The group had the confidence to add new routines to the show and allow more children to sing and dance with them on the stage.
The show's director Ali Al-Jarrah, however, ended the Albawaba interview on a more negative and self-critical note. "The play did not live up to the standard of an event with the caliber of the Jerash Festival because the play's themes are fragmented, and the communication between the actors and the children in the audience poor. We didn't use any technical effects either, not even lighting effects. "
Luckily, the young audience did not notice any such technical shortcomings and appeared to thoroughly enjoy a unique experience that was both entertaining and educational.
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