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Justin Fleming

COUP d'ETAT (Western Canada Theatre) - Review - COUP d'ETAT OVERTHROWS PERCEPTIONS.

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Published by ENTERTAINMENT, Canada
29 February, 2004
Western Canada Theatre's most recent production of Justin Fleming's COUP D'ETAT is based on the author's interview with Tun Salleh Abas, once the highest judge in Malaysia who was ousted in 1988 in what Fleming calls "an act of constitutional violence" by the Malaysian King. Soon the tempo and theme of the play pick up and envelops the viewer, forcing you to question not only your own perceptions of the Islamic world, but also the fragility of the basic principles of human rights and religious persecution. Sometimes we in the West, particularly in this day and age, get lost in the altruistic perceptions of this Islamic world, particularly when it comes to worlds terror, women's rights and religious persecution. In this play, the West's need to impose an ethnocentric perception of morality and democratic freedoms is put into question, allowing the viewer to decide for themselves what is just and unjust. The accomplished cast of Stephen Hair, Khaira Ledeyo, Parnelli Parnes, Alvin Sanders and Johnna Wright delivered the demanding dialogue with commanding performances, particularly the underlying emotions which rise to a level of poetical proportions. On all accounts, COUP d'ETAT is an engaging work that speaks volumes to the state of world politics today and deserves the attention of everyone who cares for justice and freedom for humanity. Ryan Kuhn, Entertainment, Feb 29, 2004
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