The fact that this play has been attracting crowds for over a month in Beirut should've been a hint, but I still went ahead and checked out "Testofel Meryl Streep". The story was so lame that no matter how good a job the director and cast did in dressing it up nicely, there was no way to salvage the play. To be fair, the director, Nidal Al Ashkar, did an excellent job putting out a professional product. The cast as a team they completed each other, Rana Alameddine with her looks and Elie Karam with his skill.
On to the lame, because lame is more fun to critique. The writing was just poor; cheap laughs, a story that goes everywhere yet reaches nowhere, and a cliche taboo. Just in case you haven't heard yet, "Women have sex!" Yeah, I'm not kidding. Your Mom has sex too , by the way.
This "taboo" by itself is not enough to carry the show. People do watch Sex in the City, The L Word, and Desperate Housewives, so there is no novelty in that subject. Oh, but they speak in
Arabic! Ok, in that case the Beirut theater scene these days is heaven for you. You have "Testofel Meryl Streep". If you still need to satisfy your fix "Hayat Al Mar'a Al Sirriya" should do it. Not enough? There's "Sayyida, Hurra, Mustakilla". You're still horny? "Hakki Nasswane " opens up next week on Masrah el Madina. Enjoy.