Love in Afghanistan

Oct. 11—Nov. 17 $85–$105
Arena Stage
1101 6th St. SW, Washington, DC
(202) 488-3300
The fact that playwright Charles Randolph-Wright has never set foot in Afghanistan probably shouldn’t be held against his insipid, quasi-topical romance. Shakespeare never visited Italy, after all, and still managed to conjure Romeo, Caesar, a Venetian merchant and a couple of gents from Verona persuasively enough. Randolph-Wright though, can’t quite figure out how to proceed once he’s brought rap star Duke (Khris Davis) and pretty Muslim translator Roya (Melis Aker) together at Bagram air base in Kabul. Arena has outfitted the production handsomely but the script, developed through Arena’s American Voices, New Play Institute, requires a few more drafts before it’ll be ready for audiences. (BM)

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