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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.