Piece Comment

Review of Ibdaa Cultural Center Tour

Ok, the production level of this piece is good. Tape sound is good and music weaves in and out as we meet new people.

Bearing that in mind I still found this piece to be not very interesting at all. I would say that it is a PSA, but it doesn't really explore the notion of "service". Its really more like a commercial for the Ibdaa Cultural Center.

I don't doubt that the center is a very important part of a a community that has seen its share of hardship...so, tell me about it! Give me a couple characters to become interested in, give me some narrative, and some reflections to bring it all together.

Instead, all we have here is an 8 minute cacophony of Arabic voices with English overdubs about nothing of particular interest.