Public Outcry Sways Lebanon Censors

BY Maymanah Farhat

In a breakthrough for the Lebanese art scene, multimedia artist Rabih Mroue’s critically acclaimed play How Nancy Wished That Everything Was an April Fool’s Joke made its national debut on August 30 at Beirut’s Masrah al-Madina Theater in the city’s trendy Hamra district after public outcry following its ban by government censors. The play was originally intended to open August 18 at the popular gallery Art Lounge but was shut down by the Interior Ministry’s General Security censors just days prior to opening. Mroue and his cast—which includes his wife

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