Sunday, October 01, 2006

Profile: The Tourist

A bad tragicomedy absurdist play in a tired half an act.

Dark Stage.
Spotlight on a family of three at center stage.

Son (pirouetting in excitement): So this is Hashim! WOW! So Originale.

Mom (fake excitement): So how do they make that falafel thingie? What’s the difference between regular and stuffed falafel?

Dad: You ask them. You know my Arabic is not hundred percent yet.

Spotlight moves to a corner of the stage. Four teenagers in designer clothes playing cards. One is wearing black sunglasses and another has a lip ring.

Teen1: Yo, man What you say we hit that Hummus and Fool place downtown after this next round.

Teen2: HASHIM? Are you out of your fucking mind.

Teen3: I heard about that place.

Teen1: What’s wrong with Hashim? That would be so cool dude!

Teen2: Walak, its too risky. It is full of low-lifes and “7afartal”. It is not safe, man. I am not even sure how clean the food is.

Teen4: I am in. I am not even scared. I’ve been to “El Balad” TWICE before. I can handle it.

Teen3: Come on dude. We can tell everybody at school about the adventure. I swear it may even make the eight o'clock news. (giggles)

Teen2: No fuck it. I am not even hungry. I will join next time…If you guys ever come back.
(All laugh)

Spotlight back to center stage. (Kenny G music playing). A group of people is gathered around the casually dinning family. The crowd which is slightly outside of the spotlight is whispering in shock and excitement, pointing fingers, and keeping their distance. Three waiters are continuously running in and out of the spotlight, adding more plates. A journalist is taking notes, and conducting brief mute interviews in the shadows of the light.

Spotlight moves to the distant back corner of the stage. Two shaggy looking middle age men are staring down a plate in between them, while they alternate a robotic arm motion from the plate to the mouth, without any facial expressions.

Man1 (mouth full, and without taking his eyes of the plate or stopping his arm motion): So what do you think is going on?

Man2: Tourists, I guess.

Man1: Yeah, I heard they tip well.

Man2: This country is very cheap to them compared to where they come from.

Man1 (disgust look): Does this shit taste different to you? It has like a filthy rosy-jasmine taste to it.

Man2: It tastes exactly like it did all week long and you can quit if you don’t like it. Stop distracting me with nonsense, you are devouring the whole fucking plate.
(They increase the pace of hands motion).

Spotlight back to center stage. (circus music playing). The family is still enjoying the meal. Pointing to things in wonder and having a muted discussion about every item before eating it. In the visible shadows of the spotlight stands a poet reading from a long paper roll in almost muffed incomprehensible gibberish. The journalist is now wearing a fake red nose and juggling three balls. A clown is circling around the table on a unicycle.

Spotlight moves to the other corner of the stage. A mid-twenties lady in a pair of denim pants and a white T-shirt sitting against a wall, typing on her laptop.

Lady: Dear diary, I went downtown today. It was fascinating. The people, the shops, the movement, the colors. I even got to pass by HASHIM. Just amazing. I got a feeling like I am not really from here. After years I finally experienced El-Balad.
(keyboard clicking)

Spotlight back to center stage. The family is getting ready to leave.

Son (excited): Really, Wow dad. That was some experience. Where are you taking us next?

Mom (suddenly irritated by something she just noticed): I hope it is somewhere your Dad won’t need to wear that ugly vest. Look how many pockets it has! Do you really have to wear it on top of your shirt?

Dad (rolling his eyes): We are going to Amsterdam.

Dark Stage


Mala2e6 said...

:D loooooooooooool

abu shreek Ibsen

la2 jadd it is geniously written. ;)

jameed said...

Mala2e6: Abu Shreek is certainly one of the best Jordanian bloggers out there to write fiction (and Sci-Fi).

salam said...

"It has like a filthy rosy-jasmine taste to it."LOL

Mala2e6 said...


that is what i gathered from this play,fiction b fiction. ;)

but i loved the title :D

all nite after i read the article i slept smiling at the title..

"Driving" is not really nice abu shreek

Hareega said...

raheebeh jeddan abu shreek, write a play man take ur time haik abu 6 months o fokkak men hal blog el akhthar o oktob play mrattabeh

Anonymous said...

I have to second their words Abu Shreek :) .. I cracked up loud on "Teen4: I am in. I am not even scared. I’ve been to “El Balad” TWICE before. I can handle it." .. that was really funny . and the part were the lady said " I got a feeling like I am not really from here. After years I finally experienced El-Balad." was very good ..

You are definitely talented ..


Anonymous said...

For historic perspective
Al-Rai news paper (October 2006)

منذ العام 1952 .. والى الساعة 25ر12 قبيل فجر يوم امس، كان عمال وطباخو المطعم، يعملون بهدوء معتاد ودورة عمل رتيبة.. الى ان فاجأ عبق المكان، عبق ندى سار مع موكب جلالة الملك، الموكب الذي ضم جلالة الملكة رانيا العبدالله وسمو الامير الحسين..
جلسوا بهدوء ودون تخطيط الى طاولة تشرف على شارع السلط، مفرق طرق وسط عمان القديمة باتجاه وسط المدينة وجبل القلعة وقصر رغدان والساحة الهاشمية..
... تفاجأ رواد المطعم، دهشوا .. وبات طعم الفول والفلافل، مختلفا.. كأنه مضمخ بالورد والياسمين.

Anonymous said...

رئيسية الموقع :
مصر اليوم
اخر مواضيع منتديات مصر اليوم :
ترددات قنوات النايل سات الجديدة
اسعار السيارات فى مصر 2012 بالصور

اسعار السيارات فى مصر 2012

مشاركة ارباح ادسنس

اهلا بكم , اضع لكم موقعى لتتطلعوا عليه

منتديات مصر اليوم هى منتديات عامة تهتم بالكثير من الاشياء المصرية . منتديات مصر اليوم هى منتديات عربية عموما مصرية خصوصا و هى منتديات عامة تهتم بكل ما يهتم به الشباب المصرى من الحوار او النقاش او اخر الاخبار او جديد الصور و الاغانى و الالبومات و الكليبات و الافلام و النكت و الفيديوهات و الموبايلات و تحتوى على اقسام مميزة مثل قسم اللغة الانجليزية و قسم اصحاب المواقع و المنتديات و قسم البرامج و القسم الاسلامى و قسم المرأة و قسم الرومانسية و الرياضة المصرية و الكثير ....
شاهد اقسام المنتدى :
اخبار مصر صور نكت مصرية اغانى قنوات و ترددات اخبار الرياضة المصرية مشاهدة مباريات بث مباشر اسعار السيارات