Sandra Pascuzzi says that by doing this show she is trying to combat islamophobia that exists, which I commend her for. Unfortunately that didn’t work for me in her show So I Married A Muslim.
Sandra seems like a lovely woman and I am happy she found true love that crosses cultural boundaries but I am afraid I just didn’t find the story all that interesting; I wanted to get more into the politics and social differences, but it was all a little too personal and not so universal for me.
One of the problems for me with one-person shows is that I need you to be clear about why you are doing the show and how you are going to share your story. I felt that Sandra got lost by using props and costumes and puppets when she may have been better served by simplifying things. She should just tell her story without trying to create it, and allow the audience to imagine the picture she paints.
At certain points she becomes her Mother or her Father and at other times she uses puppets. I would have preferred it if she had just stuck to one thing and played the characters herself as the story is far more effective when she takes on the characters as she does it with such ease.
Sandra’s story is very sweet but it didn’t hold enough drama, or personal change for me to feel connected with it. Nothing really happened to Sandra – it was only those around her that changed because of her marriage to a Muslim, and that was less interesting for me.
She very lightly touched on 9/11 and how that changed people’s opinions and often cast a negative shadow over being a Muslim, and I thought she was going to get into that side of things. But then she moved on to something else and that idea got lost. Which I think was too bad.
Director: Sandra Battaglini
Cast: Sandra Pascuzzi
Warning: Audience Participation
Venue 11 Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
Wed, July 6 8:15 PM
Fri, July 8 3:00 PM
Sat, July 9 8:30 PM
Mon, July 11 4:00 PM
Tue, July 12 5:00 PM
Thu, July 14 2:45 PM
Sat, July 16 6:15 PM
Sun, July 17 5:45 PM