‘American Fast’ Continues Onstage at City Theatre (Wed., 5/10/23)

AMERICAN FAST by Kareem Fahmy. City Theatre, April 29 – May 21.

When March Madness coincides with Ramadan—the month-long Islamic holy period requiring Muslims to fast until sundown—college basketball superstar Khady lies to her mother about holding true to her religious obligations. Yet, if American sports tradition begs every team to win at any cost, at what cost does one hold up Islamic tradition? Therein lies the rub. The basketball phenom becomes the shining star of Muslim women everywhere—except in her own home. Canadian playwright Kareem Fahmy, a naturalized Egyptian, has written a deep and heartfelt exploration pitting family against faith, and fame against fasting. City Theatre’s production of American Fast is the third of four rolling world premieres, that is, four consecutive productions of a new play staged independently at four of the country’s best regional theaters. American Fast premieres in Pittsburgh on City Theatre’s mainstage. 7 p.m.1300 Bingham St., South Side. (C.P.O.)   


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