Baba, Jee (Father, Yes)

ensemble theatre · moj productions · Ages 17+ · world premiere · 1hr · United States of America

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MATT RITCHEY gia on the move · June 04, 2018
A caveat: I was the playwright’s Mentor this year (with no hand in script or production) and Im reviewing as an audience member, not for Gia on the Move. It’s early days yet for Fringe, but I’ll be shocked if I see more emotionally true moment-to-moment work from an entire ensemble as I did in BABA, JEE. Ayesha Siddiqui’s script is not only incredibly personal, but incredibly honest. The performances by Siddiqui, Chris Tedrow, and Ayman Samman were arguably flawless. Real people were inhabiting that small space in the Stephanie Feury. The direction and staging was deftly handled by Matthew Martin, each moment well-crafted and the choices all clear and engaging. Learn something about great theatre. See this. ... full review

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MACKENZIE HUNT certified reviewer · June 14, 2018
See this play. Written tense, funny, lovable, and honest, Baba, Jee is like seeing The Humans, or your favorite movie about a dysfunctional (read: your) family. I did not expect it to be as good as it was. It's a freaking gift and will likely move on to bigger and better spaces. See this play. I'm excited for you. A big thank you to the creative team. We love your work! ... full review

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SARAH ROBINSON certified reviewer · June 07, 2018
Baba, Jee was a thrill to watch from start to finish. The hilarious premise was enough to get me in the door, but I was further captivated by the timely questions it posed; questions that not all of us are equipped to answer or even able to discuss: What it means to be a minority in America, to be in an interracial relationship, to be a first generation American... Then, of course, there is the far more relatable conundrum of meeting a partner’s parents, struggling to find your place in a city that can swallow you whole, attempting to support your partner in their journey to discover their identity without losing your own... The fact that the author was able to accomplish opening discourse in these and other tenuous subject matters in such a... full review

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EMILY WALD certified reviewer · June 07, 2018
Baba, Jee was captivating from start to finish. The writing had a rawness to it that the actors truly dug into and brought to life. For such a short piece, the characters felt whole and were extremely relatable - there were times I almost forgot I was watching a scripted scene! A spectacular effort by all! I highly recommend checking this project out.... full review

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LUCY GILLESPIE certified reviewer · June 04, 2018
Tender, sweet story, with strong and nuanced performances. Great show!... full review

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DANIEL FLOREN certified reviewer · June 21, 2018
So great. Baba Jee was a joy to watch from start to finish. Great writing, cast, and chemistry.... full review

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AALAYA KOLLI certified reviewer · June 17, 2018
An amazing show. The cast will make you laugh with them, think with them and cry with them. It's a simple show but very powerful. The cast just did an amazing job. They will leave you wanting more and wishing it was longer. It would make you miss your loved ones. ... full review

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ANNE SCOTTLIN · June 16, 2018
This play is going places!! A relevant, timely and needed conversation, Baba Jee addresses the contemporary reality of cultural differences and family dialog. Relatable, funny and touching, Ayesha Siddiqui's play takes the risk of telling the truth and entertains us all along the way to finding understanding and love. Many laughs and a couple of tears, this play is a must-see. Playwright Siddiqui is a rising star. @AnneScottlin... full review

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SOFIE KHAN · June 18, 2018
BABA, JEE is PHENOMENAL! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 BRAVA to this amazing cast Ayesha Siddiqui, Ayman Samman and Chris Tedrow, directed by Matthew Martin! Ayesha’s play “Baba, Jee” is such a beautifully written and tender story portraying her relationship with her Pakistani father (her Baba) while stuck in an apartment she shares with her boyfriend in New York during Hurricane Sandy. I adored how Ayesha honors her authenticity and vulnerable self to showcase the real struggles of being half-Paki (something I can TOTALLY relate to), having a Pakistani dad that isn’t the “perfect Muslim” (same! who is?!), the mistakes that fathers can make and how we heal from them together. If my dad was in LA vs. Chicago he would’ve totally related and loved it! I'm ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 04, 2018
Baba, Jee was impressive to say the least! The writing was heartfelt, and each actor was perfectly matched for his/her role. There are several moments in the play that brought me to tears because I frankly forgot I was watching a scripted scene. To me, that's the difference between watching someone in a play and seeing a performance. BRAVO TO ALL INVOLVED!!... full review

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