Yasmina's Necklace | 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Laura Crotte, Amro Salama (back), Mark Ulrich, Michael Perez, Miguel Nunez, and Susaan Jamshidi (front)

Laura Crotte, Amro Salama (back), Mark Ulrich, Michael Perez, Miguel Nunez, and Susaan Jamshidi (front)

Anthony Aicardi

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 27 2016
Price: $20
Director Ann Filmer does everything right in this world premiere production of Rohina Malik’s gracefully written romantic comedy, about two Muslim families and their awkward attempts to bring together their two misfit adult children. The casting is perfect: Susaan Jamshidi just shines as Yasmina, a troubled, talented artist haunted by her past life in Iraq and Syria. She is well matched with Michael Perez, her reluctant suitor, a man still recovering from a bad divorce. One minute Malik invites us to laugh at her character’s foibles, the next she wants us to be moved by their personal tragedies; Filmer deftly balances the light and the dark. The result is a thoroughly satisfying family drama. —Jack Helbig
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