Through its darkly comedic take on the life of a typical affluent family, The Last Supper highlights the inescapable emptiness that casts its shadow over the illusion of plenty and the hollow exchanges that masquerade as human connection. This clever and humorous tinsel of a play offers a zesty microcosm of what Egyptian society has become after the Arab Spring.
Written and directed by pioneering Egyptian independent theatre director and playwright Ahmed El Attar, The Last Supper transports us to Egypt, to the home of a well-off family as they gather around the dinner table. Through their vapid interactions, a feast of nihilism, absurdity and apathy is served. The cast brings to life the banalities of the contemporary Egyptian bourgeoisie. Each character embodies a self-absorbed philosophy mired in his or her preconceptions.
El Attar’s provocative works have often offered insight into major social, political and economic issues and The Last Supper is no different. El Attar and his ensemble of 11 actors offer a farcical eulogy to futility that took Avignon Festival by storm in 2014 and has since travelled throughout Europe. Its acclaim is a testament that although the play takes place in Cairo, this last supper could very well be about all of us.
Performed in Arabic with English surtitles.
Rating: Advisory (Some Sexual and Racial References)