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The Last 15 Seconds

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Reviewed by Paula Citron

The Last 15 Seconds
MT Space
Created by the company, director and Gary Kirkham
Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar
Performed by Trevor Copp, Nada Homsi, Anne-Marie Donovan, Pam Patel and Alan K. Sapp
Theatre Passe Muraille
Apr. 6 to 16, 2011

The Last 15 Seconds is must see theatre. Using a compelling fusion of text, singing and movement, this collective creation from Kitchener-Waterloo’s MT Space, paints a powerful story.

The background is horrific – the 2005 terrorist bombings of hotels in Amman, Jordan. Amid the carnage was a wedding party. Both Syrian/American filmmaker Mustapha Akkad and his daughter Rima, the bride, were killed. The terrorist who blew himself up was Iraqi-born Rawad Abed.

In this imaginative staging, the two men and their families tell each other about themselves. The two fine male actors, Alan K. Sapp as Mustapha and Trevor Copp as Rawad, are constant, but the three women, Anne-Marie Donovan, Pam Patel, and particularly, Nada Homsi, give remarkable performances as the women in both their lives.

Director Majdi Bou-Matar, who is also a creator, has directed with exquisite care, and the production values are superb. Everything about this production works.

The Last 15 Seconds continues at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace until Apr. 16

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