Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo | Broadway, New York | Theater in New York City has become my favorite plan since last year, I have to admit that I have become addicted to it, and so far I can say that I have seen most of the shows, some AMAZING, some Entertaining and Colorful and others Boring and Blunt. But even when you think you have seen all, Broadway can surprise you with plays which go far beyond the big celebrity names, famous musicals or the catchy songs. To my personal joy, there are more than one example on stage right now, and Bengal Tiger is, without a doubt, one of those. Yes they feature a big star like Robin Williams – who plays the leading role of the Bengal Tiger, but there are a several other reasons why this play is as for today among my TOP 05 Must See plays in Broadway.
Robin Williams, humble, friendly and with a sharp sense of humor in person, plays a ruthless Bengal Tiger captive at the Baghdad Zoo, who develops a personality crisis attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption. But don’t be fooled, the center of attention is, a hidden secret linking the fait of all characters. Two US Marines, one Iraqi Translator, and one of Saddam Hussein’s son, Uday Hussein. (Placed in Baghdad. Time 2003). Shocking, raw, disturbing for moments, with a language you would not expect to hear in Broadway, all, to transport you for almost 3 hours to the far lands of Iraq. (picture taken with Robin Williams at the camarins backstage after the show).
Directed by Tony Award nominee Moises Kaufman, who has also been awarded the GLAAD Media Award – Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – for his work at Gross Indecency. If you have not seen it yet hurry up show is closing on July 3rd. OH and by the way my favorite line from the show… Go Fuck your Self (you will understand after you see Bengal Tiger) @ Richard Rodgers Theatre – 226 West 46th Street. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Official Website. Thank you Moises Kaufam for the invite. Next week I will be reviewing One Arm, Moisés Kaufman’s Adaptation of Tennessee Williams. Cheers. CM