The Nomad OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Isaiah Tanenbaum
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 19, 2015
    Closing:
    April 6, 2015

    Theater: The Flea Theater / 41 White Street, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    Follow the young rebellious iconoclast Isabelle Eberhardt into the Sahara in Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney’s desert musical. Join holy men, kief smokers, spies, soldiers and tribes of nomads on this legendary journey. Embracing the unknown, Isabelle finds utter beauty and terrifying madness in her quest to live and die by her own rules.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Nomad

    Eberhardt’s Fierce Ride, in ‘The Nomad’

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    March 3, 2015: Shoulders back, chin out, the young woman in the fez is bemused, defiant, yet intrigued by her circumstances. “I am dead; this is the state of things,” Isabelle Eberhardt sings at the start of The Nomad, and she seems curiously willing to make the most of it. That spirit of adventure fuels this lucid, fast-moving dream of a musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney, composed and directed by Ms. Swados in its premiere at the Flea Theater. Marrying Middle Eastern sounds with musical theater tradition, it recounts the vagabond, quicksilver life of Eberhardt, a writer and a romantic who was born in Switzerland in 1877 and died in a flash flood in Algeria in 1904. The many contradictions of that short, strange life make surprising sense in Teri Madonna’s voracious and passionate Isabelle, a European woman who finds freedom in North Africa, donning male clothing, assuming male privileges. A fervent convert to Islam, she nonetheless drinks, smokes kef and is no sexual wallflower.

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