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  4,380 Nights at Signature Theatre

4,380 Nights

Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington

For the last 12 years, or 4,380 days, Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the United States government at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. As he languishes in his cell, his interactions with those on the outside are juxtaposed with historical events in a riveting expose into the most dangerous prison of all-fear.

Thru - Feb 18, 2018

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Box Office: 703-820-9771

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Washington Post - Recommended

"...Kathleen Akerley's simple staging in front of a grim curtain of dangling metal chains gives the script a clean hearing, but the drama is too overwritten and under-compressed to land powerfully. The other big wrinkle in this four-character play is an unnamed woman who is a poetic storyteller in the style of "Arabian Nights"; Lynette Rathnam brings a dancer's quality to her yarn-spinning, but the script doesn't weave these strands into the revelatory historical pattern Dias is after."
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Nelson Pressley

BroadwayWorld - Somewhat Recommended

"...4,380 Nights falls short at many production aspects, but it overall particularly lacks cohesion. There are multiple points in which the switching between stories doesn't transition smoothly. It feels jolting to go from one story to another when one is just starting to get familiar with the main story of Malik. While the relationship between ancestors and descendants is an interesting topic of exploration, it didn't seem necessary to include this exploration in a story that needs to focus on giving Malik and those who have dealt with suffering injustices of human rights a voice."
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Hannah Wing

Talkin Broadway - Somewhat Recommended

"...The history of western colonization in Africa and Asia, and the conflicting identities of natives in colonized lands, is dramatic, but playwright Annalisa Dias is trying to do too much at once in 4,380 Nights. Despite moments of poetry and striking beauty, the play now in the ARK Theatre at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, is too complex to follow easily as it shifts among times and places."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...4,380 Nights is a raw, emotionally charged political theater production that makes the movie Zero Dark Thirty look timid. That is my trigger warning about a new play by Annalisa Dias that explores issues surrounding aftermaths in our post 9/11 world."
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David Siegel

MD Theatre Guide - Somewhat Recommended

"...But in the end, the play tries to do too much and covers too much territory, thereby sacrificing much of the outrage the playwright seems to be aiming for. The roles of The Man and The Woman appear extraneous and didn't really add anything to the audience's perception of the moral injustices perpetuated by the American military at Guantanamo."
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Mary Ann Johnson

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...While I love how scenes of El Kaim and The Woman are placed between parts of Essaid's arc, I can see how they may not be a delight to all audiences. Viewers who strictly want to focus on Essaid's experience as a detainee may not appreciate how the show splits into different threads. But at the same time, the way that these threads interweave is what makes the production's overall plot resemble an intricate quilt. 4,380 Nights is not just about one man, it's about how his story is a part of a global narrative. A narrative that spans generations."
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Emily Priborkin

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