THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE at Theater J

*Washington Post, “Maboud Ebrahimzadeh plays Mohammed, the well-read doorman who is friendly with the Taubs. The character stands at a doorman’s station, just beyond the main playing area, frequently scribbling — a detail that suggests that Mohammed may be the aspiring writer who is penning Marjorie’s story. Judging by the entertainment value of the tale we see, he’s a doorman-writer with a future.”

*DCTheatreScene, “The tale is presented by a clever, helpful and patient doorman, Mohammed, embodied as an omniscient factotum by the gifted and versatile Maboud Ebrahimzadeh. Mohammed serves as a scribe, a handy man, a confidante throughout the evening and Ebrahimzadeh is perfect for the role.”

*CityPaper, “The other standout performer is Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, who plays Mohammed, the good-natured Iraqi doorman/handyman who works in the Taubs’ building. He’s our narrator, and his scrawlings appear as supertitles above the stage over the scene changes.”

*Washington Jewish Weekly, “The Iraqi-born doorman, Mohammed, who observes from the side of the stage at his sentry-like post, has a minor but essential role…. Maboud Ebrahimzadeh gives Mohammed the devilish charm that an unattached observer needs to take down his targets. With operatic eye rolls and exaggerated shrugs, the lives of his rich and angsty charges are put into perspective.”

*Washington Blade, “Narrating and sometimes participating in the tale is Mohammed, the Iraqi doorman played subtly and wryly by Maboud Ebrahimzadeh.”

*DCMetroTheaterArts, “Maboud Ebrahimzadeh’s stolid performance as Mohammed has the effect of grounding the play and its lightweight first world problems in a weightier context—even as the jokes fly fast and furious.”

*BroadwayWorld, “The strong cast, introduced to us by the bellman, Mohammed (played inspiringly by Maboud Ebrahimzadeh), work well individually and even better as a tight-knit ensemble.”

*MDTheatreGuide, “Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, veteran to the Washington stage, plays Mohammed an immigrant doorman the perfect quiet albeit judgmental observer.

*DCist, “The play is similarly lifted whenever Mohammed (Maboud Ebrahimzadeh) enters a scene, though he sadly spends most of the play behind a podium just offstage, reacting to the drama in the apartment, as if he is both author of, and an observer to, the story.”

*WETA, VIDEO (Watch Online from WETA)

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