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  • Luan Schooler:
    29 Jun. 2022
    Khady is one of the most exciting female characters I've read In some time: A star athlete who is brash, ambitious, smart, and fiercely capable, AND the daughter of a devout Muslim mother, Khady struggles to balance her cultural identity as a Muslim American with potential fame and glory on the basketball court. American Fast is a smart, propulsive, and darkly funny play that ventures into thorny questions about identity, belief, and expectations of women in sports. Rich characters in a deeply complicated situation, the play goes to places in the human heart we can all identify with. Beautiful work!
  • Cheryl Bear:
    24 Jun. 2022
    A moving and beautiful play that helps us to see Khady and her journey. This goes right to your heart.
  • Paul Gabbard:
    22 Jun. 2022
    I see a great future for this piece of theatre. It is a story that teaches, it teaches the reader or the viewer about different cultures, about the pressures put on young people, and the quest for religious answers. In closing it is sticky, it stays with you and continues to invoke questions and ideas long after the play has ended.
  • Andrew Rosendorf:
    9 Jun. 2022
    This play is a beautiful rendering of the pressures internal and external placed on Khady -- all with a tremendous heart. Kareem's voice shines through. It is finding productions next season which will surely be only the beginning of a long life for this play.
  • Leonard Madrid:
    1 Jun. 2022
    This play is incredibly rendered with bouts of sadness, beauty, and family bonds. A tight cast and a wonderful story. You think you know where it's going, but instead, it takes you to a holy place. It's freaking lovely. I can't wait to see it get all the glory it deserves.
  • Seth Rozin:
    1 Jun. 2022
    I was so taken with this play that I moved pretty quickly to secure the rights to produce it as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. It is at once wonderfully theatrical and deeply human, juxtaposing the highly secular world of American academia and college sports with the incredibly private and personal life of a Muslim mother and daughter. Rich with characters and conflicts that we rarely, if ever, see on stage.
  • Jolie Frazer-Madge:
    27 May. 2022
    From the first moment of this play I was hooked! It takes you on a ride and never lets up on the gas. I love the wall as a 5th character.
  • Maximillian Gill:
    18 Feb. 2022
    A wonderful, compelling work with a strong central character who simply leaps off the page with her strength, ambition, and complications. Fahmy succeeds in pacing the play like a sporting event, with the focus briskly bouncing off one character to another. The stagecraft is impressive overall, and the final game is a masterful example of pure theatre using words and motion. Fahmy writes about the contradictions inherent in bifurcated cultural identity with both sensitivity and honesty. The writer's command of the material is so assured that even someone like me who knows nothing about the sport is never lost.
  • Chima Chikazunga:
    12 Jan. 2022
    Not only does AMERICAN FAST follow a strong female protagonist but it also asks you to believe in yourself. Regardless of her inner truths being exposed before her big day, Khady still looks it in the eye and says…” so what, I’m still gonna be the best.” Fahmy’s beautifully play deals with faith and perseverance and places a young woman on the biggest stage of her young life, and I cannot recommend this play enough.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    15 Jun. 2021
    A tightly written and highly theatrical piece that shifts seamlessly between beautifully-observed naturalistic scenes, revealing monologues, and expressionistic sequences. In Khady, Kareem Fahmy has written a compelling character whose questions about her family, faith, and how those things are tied up with her identity, sense of herself, and her athletic career really propel this play forward in a dynamic way. I loved the room for theatrical movement sequences and how they coexisted with subtle and nuanced character study. Each supporting character in the small ensemble has an organically urgent stake in Khady's actions as well. Exciting work!

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