Indian Cowboy

Throughout Indian Cowboy, performer and playwright Zaraawar Mistry asks us to “connect the dots” of his narrator’s life. Yet the dots don’t necessarily add up in this premiere production at Mixed Blood Theatre. Mistry’s story of an immigrant Indian actor’s drift through modern America has moments of insight and brilliance, but those are tempered by stretches of dry exposition and characters.

Mistry originally set out to tell the story of Sabu Dastagir, an Indian-born actor who worked in Hollywood (as Sabu) in the 1940s and ’50s. While working on that, however, he found that the story he really wanted to tell was closer to his own modern-day experience. He tells this through the eyes of Gayomar Katrak, a Parsi Indian who emigrates to the United States in the early 1980s.

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