On Saturday, August 20, 2011, I attended Amir Levi's "Male Matriarch" as part of the 2011 NYC International Fringe Festival. From the minute Amir stepped out stage and started describing the first love of his life, I was taken in. As Amir described his first love, I was able to paint my own picture of this man that Amir was describing. That was one of the great things about Amir's show...was the way he used his words to tell his story of love, loss, hope, and family.

Coming from a family of Mexican-Jews, Amir has many cultural parts that influence his quest for love. It was great to attend a show that spoke to my demographic (the single gay man looking for love). It made me remember that there are other people out there who are struggling to find their love as well. As Amir wanders down this road, he touches on what made each of his loves so great, but also what he still longs for and will wait to find. Amir's strength, vision, and family ties all come together as Amir continues on this journey!

Amir has found love, lost love, and continues to search for love! He shows us the struggles of love, the rewards of finding love, and the pain of losing love, but what he demonstrates the most is his hope, strength, and willingness to keep searching for love until he gets what he wants. Amir won't settle for less than what he deserves and he helped remind me that neither I nor anyone should settle either!

With just three performances left, "Male Matriarch" plays Kabayitos CSV Center Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street). Sun, Aug 21 @ 2pm, Mon, Aug 22 @ 7:30pm, Thurs, Aug 25 @ 7pm!

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