Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO
The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city’s ruins. Rajiv Joseph’s groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo stars Robin Williams as a tiger. And before you think oh, geez, this is going to be funny, which it sort of is, or this seems weird, which it sort of is, understand this is really great theatre. It’s not easy theatre because it’s looking at the war in Iraq and how people are haunted by their behavior and by violence and by war. But this is terrific theatre until the last five minutes. They didn’t know how to end it, which is a minor problem. But for the first almost two hours, it’s terrific theatre. So I give it four stars. And Robin is great.