- Photo by Graeme Shaw
Headscarf and the Angry Bitch, presented by Forum Theatre at Round House Silver Spring
Allow Zehra Fazal to welcome you into our post post-9/11 era. Her one-woman show Headscarf and the Angry Bitch is a reflection on an unconventional Muslim upbringing involving lesbianism and premarital sex, parodying the tunes of Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson with songs like "The Only Thing I'll Do Five Times a Day is You." She uses the word "rimjob." USA! USA!
But Fazal, who performs as the Muslim folk-rocker Zed Headscarf, teaches real lessons about her religion, like the difference between halal and haraam, despite her admissions of blasphemy in her hilarious songs. The show originated in the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival, and has gone on to tour the country, returning to the Round House Theatre for this week only. Said Mike Riggs, of the show's original Fringe run: "No wonder those pious clerics up and declared America’s objectification of women and obsession with dick jokes as deserving of–dare I say it?–jihad! Zed Headscarf, infidel-licking lesbian though she be, really could change all that." Two weeks into our patriotic resurgence would be an excellent time to heed Fazal's call for greater cultural understanding – which, for her, goes hand-in-hand with penis jokes.