Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

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New York Theatre Workshop presents playwright Hammaad Chaudry's professional debut, an exploration of what it means to be 'An Ordinary Musilim.'

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Balancing the high expectations of the previous generation, the doctrines of their Muslim community, and the demands of secular Western culture, Azeem Bhatti and his wife Saima struggle to straddle the gap between their Pakistani heritage and their British upbringing. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs. 

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During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if Like shows that depict current political landscape, not afraid to address sensitive topics

Don't see it if If you not want to see political dramas, That do not give clear answers

During previews
There is a vitally important play here. this is not it., I didnt believe these characters at all., Writing was uneven and contradictory

See it if you want to see stereotypic one dimensional characters interact.

Don't see it if you want to really understand the drivers here. you are not interested in talk.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if life of a Muslim family living in the UK; many issues - effects of colonialism, heritage v. assimilation, domestic violence, racism

Don't see it if at 2 hours, 40 min. it is very long; you would be bothered by many, many issues; want a stereotyped version of Muslim culture

Also This was very long and at first I was annoyed by so many social issues... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Volatile, combustible drama dealing with a man pushed to extremes by family & community (Muslim) Dense with ideas but well shaped by Bonney

Don't see it if A good edit wouldn't hurt (one to many subplots occur) while still keeping potent "angry young man" theme Balance of family conflicts uneven

During previews
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Resonant, Great writing

See it if for beautiful writing, vivid characters you care about, timely political/social issues

Don't see it if your short attention span prohibits you from being absorbed by an epic story with profound ideas and emotions.

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if Reminded me of a John Obsorne 'Angry Young Man' play, but with the caveat of being an angry young Muslim man. A lot of interesting ideas.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light. Plotting isn't perfect, but it's still well done.

During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Explosive, gripping

See it if you want to see a show that is an issue today with Muslims wrestling with conflicts over their acceptance both in their country & home life.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy family or religious issues portrayed by one British family's handling of such.

During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an interesting drama about Muslims with a lot of contrasting issues. Some of these issues get very confusing.

Don't see it if you want to see a show about ordinary Muslims. Every possible issue and problem that Muslims could have is crushed into this show.

Also The playwright tried to mix too many issues. My real problem with the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing, Complex

See it if you want to see an exciting, incisive exploration of how messy it is to be a person (in this case, a Muslim person of Pakistani descent).

Don't see it if you're not interested in confronting messy contradictions and grappling with topics that aren't very clear-cut.

During previews
Relevant, Slow, Overwrought

See it if Muslim identity is of heavy interest for you.

Don't see it if you don't like "long."

Also Could've very easily accomplished its objective in 90 minutes. Be sure... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Great staging

See it if If you want to see an extremely intense play about the world and prejudices. Very closely related to Trump's Wall. The cast is extraordinary

Don't see it if You can sit for a long time in a very many-layered play and don't want to watch the sad state of our world.

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in plays about relevant topics like what it's like living as a Muslim in the UK. So many social issues are jammed in.

Don't see it if you don't like 2.5 hour plays dealing with heavy social topics. You are looking for answers. Play sheds light, but doesn't offer resolution

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you reject stereotypes and want to learn more about what drives people from other cultures - even if their actions may seem confusing.

Don't see it if you object to messy characters who may act in contradictory ways as they navigate a world that judges based on stereotypes

During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Cliched, Predictable, Slow

See it if You want to show support for Southeast Asian artists. If you like dramas that mix family and political themes.

Don't see it if You want an easily-digestible, tightly-written play that knows what it wants to be.

Also I wanted to like it because Muslim voices are so underrepresented in N... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Slow

See it if You are interested in an immigrant story about a Pakistani family living in contemporary Britain.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in families that encounter racism and have personal problems.

Also Too many issues in one play- racism, domestic violence, parenting, fid... Read more Read less

During previews
A good family drama about assimilation.

See it if You want to see new plays about current issues.

Don't see it if You want light comedies or musicals.

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Long

See it if You want to see a good topical first drama by an emerging young playwright. A long but interesting view on Islam and family in society.

Don't see it if You’re not open to experiencing works by new authors or don’t want to deal with current religious and family issues.

During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Extraordinary, Incredible cast !!

See it if For excellent drama, Incredible tale of family navigating racism and Islamophobia, A reflection on fidelity to oneself & family & principles

Don't see it if You are not able to own confront your prejudice, Our audience's behavior was unusually rude with whispers, rustling of paper & candy wraps.

Also This is a MUST SEE. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Unfocused, Muddled, Rambling, Overstuffed, Uneven tone

See it if you like seeing the relevant-topics-du-jour on stage. Lots of POVs presented, but no guidance about right/wrong. A muddled, meandering mess.

Don't see it if you want stellar performances (acting is uneven), exciting staging (it's flat), or a coherent script. Characters are inconsistent. Too long.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if You like shows that are current and topical and give you a glimpse into what is likely a seldom seen culture to you.

Don't see it if You want a lot of action. This is about seeing into a culture you probably don’t know much about more than telling an original story.

During previews
Timely, Engrossing

See it if You like well-acted dramas dealing with contemporary issues, in this case Muslim identity in the West.

Don't see it if If problem plays, even with humor, aren't your cup of tea.

Also The drama of assimilation is hardly a new concept. From Raisin in the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if to see a timely drama exploring the pain experienced when your own country treats your religion & culture as something alien & hostile.

Don't see it if you’re in a coma? This should be seen by all. The writing is brutal/unflinching in its honesty, yet there is plenty of family humor as well.

During previews
Go here to find out what drives muslim-british citizens to violence; but play needs work

See it if lively presentation of roots of Muslim-Brit citizen hatred racist white English culture, conflict btwn 1st/2nd gen Mus-Brits, Mus misogyny

Don't see it if theatrical presentation of rich issues awkward & at times obvious, characters make speeches rather than organically interact, needs editing

Also It is understood that this is the early work of a young playwright - H... Read more Read less

During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Long, Uneven

See it if You enjoy family dramas. There are some good scenes, but there is too much filler & low energy scenes that take the life out of this show.

Don't see it if You dislike slow and overly long plays. A runtime of 2 hours and 40 minutes is completely unnecessary for this show. Author needs to Edit

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You’re interested in fine acting in a play about a multi- generational, middle class, Muslim family in a complex urban environment.

Don't see it if You have no interest in a very complex story about a Muslim family that includes int’l politics, family status and corporate issues.

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