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Yasmina's Necklace

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

About the show

This New Jersey premiere centers around Abdul Samee, a young man whose efforts to turn away from his heritage are challenged when he meets a beautiful woman from his father's homeland. More…

From the show:

Meet Abdul Samee: his father is Iraqi, his mother is Puerto Rican - but if you ask him, he'll say he's Italian. Longing to shed his cultural identity, he changes his name to Sam, marries an American and does everything in his power to turn away from his heritage. But when Sam meets Yasmina, a beautiful woman from his father's homeland, he begins to learn that a tree without roots cannot stand for long.

Member Reviews (11)


Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense
Avg Score

Relevant, Cliched script, Strong performances by layan elwazani & cesar rosado

See it if You are scouting for acting talent Layan Elwazani as Yasmina & Cesar Rosado as Abdual "Sam" Samir shine through tons of corny dialogue.

Don't see it if Bad writing drives you up a wall. The script is thick with over used platitudes & bland sterotypes.

Also Aside from the strong leads & Peter Romano in a small part as Amir, mu... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a good show where you can also learn something new. this story gives insight into the challenges of muslim immigrants and PTSD

Don't see it if you do not want to think!

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want insight into the wrenching consequences of the Iraq war, compelling characters, their displacement and hardships as refugees.

Don't see it if you want frivolous fare or don't want to be made think or to feel uncomfortable about how Muslims can be (mis)treated in the US.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in exploring cultural and religious identity and learning more about the human experience of refugees.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical or a mindless comedy--this is funny in parts but also sad

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Uneven, Cliched

See it if You can forgive questionable writing ling enough to enjoy two fine performances.

Don't see it if You want something fresh, several better plays tackling similar immigrant / refugee stories have been staged over past years in greater NYC

Relevant, Masterful, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you love romance and learning about cultures outside of "white America."

Don't see it if your spouse just left you and you have a fear of ugly crying about it in public.

Slow, Intense, Intelligent

See it if Interesting characters and topic regarding Muslim-American identity and the scars of war for refugees.

Don't see it if You don’t like comically broad interpretations- actors playing Sam’s parents were annoying. Play is also too long- needs editing.

Relevant, Refreshing, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You love intelligent and educational material and learning about other cultures. Very intimate black box theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays. The set is very immersive- it’s like your part of the show.

Also This show is very relevant in today’s world. It deals with the struggl... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Very engaging story line with attention to detail i.e. mannerisms of actors from different cultures, influence of society.

Don't see it if you are not open to learning about different cultures.

Absorbing, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if If you like thought-provoking plays and cultural diversity.

Don't see it if You are not open minded about cultural differences.

Edgy, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are interested in the diversity of attitudes held by Muslim immigrants.

Don't see it if You have no interest in other cultures.

September 8th, 2019
"'YASMINA'S NECKLACE' at Premiere Stages in Union is a Moving Story-A Must-See"
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September 16th, 2019
"'Yasmina’s Necklace' looks at cultural identity through the lens of romantic comedy."
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September 8th, 2019
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September 12th, 2019
"'Yasmina’s Necklace' Celebrates Diversity and Understanding"
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