“Qahwa Sada”: When Laughing is a Sad Reality

September 23, 2009 at 1:47 am (Weekly Posts) (, , , , , )

Continuing my nostalgic state that I have expressed in my previous post, I attended a performance in the Opera called “Qahwa Sada” or “Black Coffee”. I laughed till my tears hurt my cheeks. That was all the play was about. Laugh till you cry.

The name connotes how deteriorating the conditions we, Egyptians, are living in are. In segments, it presents how a certain issue was like before in the good old days and how it is now. The use of Arabic language, ignorance, the Fatawa (a religious advisory opinion), fighting for living, the prayers of today’s businessmen and spinsterhood are among the issues the play touched upon. After presenting each of those issues in such a funny way, the audience would hear a beautiful old song reflecting how different this exact same issue was with such somber and dismal music at the intermittent transitioning to the following issue or story.

The crew, all in black, started off by placing the pictures of Egypt’s great artists in all fields, singers, composers, actors and actresses, and writers at the front of the stage and going into a weeping and crying state. By the end of it, a performer would look at them in sorrow and say “our only condolence is that you are going to a much better place.”

The performance has been on play for over a year now. It was performed on the stage of the American University in Cairo (AUC) at the beginning of the year 2009.

It was attended by many prominent people from intellectuals to politicians to artists. Egypt’s First Lady Suzan Mubarak was among them.

Some of the performance’s cast made it to a movie starring a young popular actor in the Egyptian and Arabic cinema. The movie is still screened in movie theaters.

When matters are getting so sad that you have nothing to do but laugh at them, order or watch Qahwa Sada

When matters are getting so sad that you have nothing to do but laugh at them, order or watch Qahwa Sada

Watch from 3:20 to 7:40 or just watch it in full; it’s up to you!



  1. Jasmin Bauomy said,

    I would love to watch that play. It’s actually true. Egyptians, nowadays, live in the memory of the past and glorify it. It seems this is their only way to be able to take how their lives are like today. Nostalgia can be a blessing and a curse at the same time, because how are you supposed to change the status quo, if you’re still living in the past?

  2. azohairy said,

    You can Youtube it Jasmin. Just write it in Arabic “قهوة سادة” it is amazing! And yes I agree on what you are saying about nostalgia.. it is just too frustrating for me….

  3. azohairy said,

    i really like it ya asmaa…….keep it up….:)

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