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Modern Terrorism - Off-Broadway

A satire about 21st century terrorists and their darkly comic misadventures.


What Is the Story of Modern Terrorism?
Set in a dingy apartment in New York City, Modern Terrorism is the controversial story of three terrorists who plan to blow up the Empire State Building. Qala, the hardened leader of the group, builds a bomb that Rahim, a wide-eyed optimist with a penchant for Star Wars, will detonate in a suicide mission. The darkly funny comedy follows the hijinks of Qala, Rahim and Yalda, a widowed young Pakistani American, as they attempt to bring their horrifying plan to fruition. As Rahim prepares for his mission, he becomes increasingly nervous about his decision to end his own life. But when an important material for the bomb is accidentally delivered to the terrorists’ stoner neighbor Jerome, the trio must decide whether to leave New York City and abort the mission, include the stoner in their plans or kill him.

Should I See It?

What Is Modern Terrorism Like?
In Modern Terrorism, playwright Jon Kern manages to find the dark comedy in a deeply sensitive topic. Written in the satirical style of Dr. Strangelove, the production plays out like a live-action episode of South Park or Family Guy, where no subject is off-limits. Set entirely in the living room of the terrorists’ apartment, the play features sitcom-style dialogue, cartoonlike violence and humor that could be potentially offensive to some audience members.

Is Modern Terrorism Good For Kids?
No. This production includes simulated drug use, explicit language and extremely graphic violence. Although older teens who watch South Park and The Simpsons may be accustomed to the brand of humor in Modern Terrorism, parents should see the production first before bringing them along.