Published Monday 09 May 2022 12:50
It was in Ramadan in 2003 when he was on stage and playing the role of “Eliwa” in the play “Eliwa, a private teacher”, when he had a stroke that stopped him from moving and to speak.
Although the Jordanian audience knew him through three television personalities: “Awad”, “Azouz” and “Aliwa”, it was the theater that presented it more clearly to the Jordanian viewer, revealing an exceptional comic character that made an audience difficult could make. to please, and made him laugh with a voice High, and came out of his “kurta.”
Rabea Shehab, born in 1956, could have spent his life on the soccer field when he joined the Al-Hussein youth club team (Al-Hussein camp), but he accepted his heart and left the ball and traveled to Cairo for the art of photography, and in Cairo, the city of art and star maker, he discovers trends in acting.
His artistic debut was in 1975 in very small, ineffective roles, and he did not find it difficult to present himself as a capable artist, an artist who would later leave a clear imprint on Jordanian art, and his ability to develop comic theater performance.
Although the series “Haret Abu Awad” in its three parts with Nabil Al-Mashini (Abu Awad), Abeer Issa (Najah), Rashida Al-Dajani (Umm Awad), Musa Hijazin (Sama ‘) and Hassan Ibrahim (Marzouk) in 1981, the series he prominently presented to the audience with the character “Awad” Before him, however, he provided roles in the series “Shajarat Al-Dur” in 1979, “The Puzzle Market” in 1980 and “Shams Al-Aghwar “in 1981.
Rabie Shehab, “Abu Ehab”, tried to open a space for himself on Jordanian television and Amman theaters.The eighties were his golden era; In it he presented his best works in terms of artistic value and quantity. He presented series:
Tarfa Bin Al-Abed in 1982, Saif Bin Dhi Yazan 1982, Jabal Al-Swan 1983, Beer Al-Tay 1984, Prisoners of Love 1985, The Two Brothers 1985, The Mills 1985, Torment 1985, The Brave Boy86, “The Hard Decision “1986 as Azzouz,” Al-Manahil “1987,” Ayam Al Baraka “1987,” Faces and Masks “1989 and others.
Then he continued to expand his television presence in the 1990s, presenting his famous series “For a Living” in 1991, and before that: “It’s Time” 1990, “Three Advices” 1990, “Bitter Time” 1992, “Al Ghareeb” 1992, and “Eliwa wa Al-Ayam” “The Sun after the Clouds” 2001, “She and the Spider” 1998, “Cakes on the Sidewalk”, “The Habayeb Taxi” 2004 and others.
I think Rabie Shehab’s artistic personality on stage was the most important and most present in his artistic career, revealing the comic aspect of his character, and perhaps the filming of some of his plays on television helped him to the To introduce Jordanian viewer. in a remarkable way, especially when he played the character “Munir al-Kuwa” in a play “The Game” in 1983, when his remarkable play “The Servant of the Two Masters”.
And later came the plays “Ya Anna Ya Ho” in 1984, “Eliwa a Private Teacher”, “Ali Eliwa”, “Al-Farafir”, “The Groom”, “Al-Qahwaji”, “Who is in us the crazy one ”, and“ Rel ”? On a Mission”, and “Aliwa and the Beast” and others.
Perhaps Rabih Shihab’s greatest success is in creating popular characters that are still stuck in the minds of the Jordanian viewer, perhaps because of their simplicity, spontaneity, closeness to people and non-production, despite their provocation at times, like the characters “Azouz”. And “Aliwa” which has the famous sentence: “No, what is correct means.”
Rabie Shehab had earlier placed his touch and improvisation on all of his plays by deviating from the text; Comedy seduces the artist to improvise and throw jokes and jokes that serve the text, and the audience enjoys and laughs, so does the artist Saeed Saleh (theatrically he is better than Adel Imam), and we must not forget that Shehab is a author is of many works of art, and he has presented more than 40 works in his career.Technically, between a play, a series and a program, in addition to an orphan movie titled “The Shoe” in 1989.
While Rabie Shehab played the character of “Aliwa” and attracted the attention of a wide audience, he had a stroke that forced him to sit at home, and the disease has forced him to become an artist since then. leaving time after leaving a large space for the audience’s enjoyment, and Rabie Shehab disappeared from the art scene every These years, until he appeared at the Arab Theater Festival held in Amman in 2012 and honored by his Jordanian and Arab artist friends is.
And the Artist Syndicate has set him a simple monthly salary, more than half of which has gone to the price of medicine, and it’s a union that suffers from financial hardship in the first place, and here’s no place to talk about it. do not speak.
In the absence of all possible forms of support, the sudden visit of Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II to the house of Rabie Shehab in 2019, which records the prince, was the beginning of an awakening that once again brought attention to Rabie Shehab, an artist who has been pulling smiles and laughter on Jordanians’ faces for about 25 years.
The fate that Rabih Shehab has achieved is the fate of the Arab creator who finds nothing but his talent to rely on to continue creativity.
How does an artist whose prestige and respect penetrate under his feet the theater, and the laughter of the masses rise above him, become a memory and an archive ?! How does this enchanting world change into a human state that demands sympathy and crying ?!
When Rabie Shehab saw the photo of the late artist Hassan Ibrahim “Marzouk”, his colleague in “Haret Abu Awwad”, who was also forgotten and ungrateful, he drowned in tears as he accepted the picture, and in another scene the beautiful, respected and talented comedian Musa Hijazin “Sama’a” cried as he presented. To the audience, Rabie Chehab, after a long absence, receives a shield of honor on his behalf.
The Arab creator finds nothing but tears to end a life full of noise, cameras, lighting and laughter from the audience.
His children were: Ehab, Ayham, Inas, Muhammad, and their mujahid mother, who at one stage of Rabi Sehab’s illness turned into a mother for him, and she became the mother of five sons.And no power not!
He was glad when he passed by on the road, and a little child ran up to him and called him “Aliwa” and “Azouz,” and the boy ran away laughing. This innocent laugh is what is left for us from Rabie Shehab and his fellow artists who carved in the rock, and they suffered and still do!