The Who & The What

by Ayad Akhtar

La Jolla Playhouse

Jazz 88, Pat Launer

"The La Jolla Playhouse production is superb, set against a backdrop of blue and white Islamic mosaic. Chicago-based director Kimberly Senior, who helmed Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winner, 'Disgraced,' has a flawless feel for his rhythms and wit, and she's marshaled an outstanding cast to inhabit these intriguing characters."

San Diego City Beat, David L. Coddon

"Senior's direction is nimble and ideally in tune with the rhythm of playwright Akhtar's words."

San Diego Reader, Jeff Smith

"Given the polish of the La Jolla Playhouse production, you'd never know the play's a world premiere. And since Kimberly Senior also directed the original Disgraced, it's clear she honors the playwright's wishes."

LA Times, Charles McNulty

"Enacted with fierce conviction by a four-person ensemble directed by Kimberly Senior, the play comes alive when the disputes turn acrimonious and the heartbreak is palpable behind the hollering."


Jack Magaw


Jaymi Smith


Jill BC DuBoff


Elisa Benzoni

Photos by:

Kevin Berne