REVIEW ROUNDUP: “An Ordinary Muslim” Opened with a ShowScore of 76

Show-Score | Feb 27, 2018
“An Ordinary Muslim,” written by Hammaad Chaudry and directed by Jo Bonney, opened on February 26, 2018 in New York City. “An Ordinary Muslim,” written by Hammaad Chaudry and directed by Jo Bonney, opened on February 26, 2018 in New York City.


7 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 68.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 60 
"A timely look at the traumas of dislocation among the children of Muslim immigrants in England, it seems a bit traumatized and dislocated itself, unable to control the gears of conflict to tell its story clearly...'An Ordinary Muslim' is an important work still struggling to emerge from a text filled with freshman problems...The most promising thing is the way its best moments seem to creep delicately out from under the rock of the author’s determination to make heavier points."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 80
"Chaudry smartly plants little seeds of conflict throughout his exposition, and with agrarian patience, the cast nurtures them into fruition. By encouraging such nuanced performances, director Jo Bonney expertly cultivates the slow-build nature of Chaudry's script...'An Ordinary Muslim' is a slow climb, but it's worth it once you get to the top and see Chaudry's bird's-eye perspective."
Jonathan Mandell
New York Theater
ShowScore: 65
"Plodding, overlong. here and there a tad schmaltzy — but it is fascinating nonetheless for the authentic-feeling glimpses it gives into an adapting community...It’s frankly difficult to stay on Azeem’s side...His downward spiral starts to feel less a result of flaws in Azeem’s character than in Chaudry’s script...Sanjit De Silva does what he can with a role that calls for a surfeit of tirades. The rest of the eight-member cast has an easier time of it."

“An Ordinary Muslim” was also reviewed by Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Diane Snyder of Time Out New York, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, and Robert Hofler of The Wrap.


The show was also reviewed by 70 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

Chenango, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You want an inside look on a family dealing with society and each other (being Muslim in London complicates matters)."
Don't see it if…"Realism isn't your thing, and you like plays with one ending and a tight structure."
Ahmed, ShowScore: 95 
See it if…"If you like a well-written and acted play, with multiple threads and issues that immigrants and their children face on a daily basis." 
Don't see it if…"You are a looking for a single issue play."
Claudio V, ShowScore: 83 
See it if…"You like plays that deal with stories that reflect what’s happening in today’s world where different cultures/religions try to coexist.
Don't see it if…"You want to see something fluffy, and you have a short attention span. This is an almost three hours play that requires your focus.
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