New York Theatre Workshop presents playwright Hammaad Chaudry's professional debut, an exploration of what it means to be 'An Ordinary Musilim.' More…
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.
See it if you're interested enough in the current situation for the British Pakistani community to overlook the stretches of pedestrian domestic drama
Don't see it if you have seen your share of lengthy domestic dramas with lots of intractable complications.
See it if a crisis of expectations define a Brit Pakistani duo-generational family in two-and-one-half hours. Fissures can't mend staunch fervour.
Don't see it if ethnocentric-familial drama stretched labouriously over two acts.
See it if you enjoy watching complex characters struggling with identity and societal expectations.
Don't see it if you can’t take a heavy show. My biggest problem with this play is that nearly every scene features an argument. It lacks balance.
See it if you are interested in family dramas and stories depicting feelings of alienation.
Don't see it if you want a quick paced, absorbing play. The story has its merits but the pacing moves at a snail’s pace. The book needs work and editing.
See it if You like theatre that explores the political, social, cultural, and family issues that face Pakistani Muslim immigrants.
Don't see it if You are unwilling to consider the impact of racial and religious discrimination and cultural differences.
See it if you like slow moving plays with rants and tirades about racism.Play has a point to make but does so in a heavy handed way. Show don't tell
Don't see it if you were hoping to learn something about race relations regarding Muslims in the UK, by extension the US. Should be riveting, was dull
See it if Good performances and a compelling story. Held my interest. Works as a family drama.
Don't see it if The political message the author was trying to convey made me very angry.
See it if you enjoy a play that makes you think about the plight of being a stranger in a strange land that doesn't really accept you.
Don't see it if thought provoking work is not up your alley
See it if Multilayered play about being Pakistani in England, the once colonial power where the dominant culture looks crosswise at newer arrivals. A
Don't see it if lot going on, macro & micro, revealing many threads that aren't easily tied up, but worth the experience. Looking forward to Chaudry's next.
See it if a well written dramatic play about a family of immigrants living in London who are grappling with the effects of Islamophobia.
Don't see it if you are not open to experiencing a well written play about a family of Muslims.
See it if You like theater that challenges you, but does so with wit and without condescension. There is a great play here, though a little long.
Don't see it if You need action, and don’t like exposition. Don’t go if you’re bothered by race, religion, right and wrong, or simply don’t like to think.
See it if you trust NYTW to present challenging new work and new voices with a fine cast and thoughtful relevant storylines
Don't see it if work where too many interweaving but overly complex plot lines drives you nuts; trust the audience - we get it. a bit predictable
See it if you like family dramas; you like good acting even if you don't like the content
Don't see it if you don't want to see a Muslim family torn apart; you don't want to see Muslims unable to integrate into a non-Muslim society
See it if you are aware of and concerned with the prejudice against minorities and the resulting damage to all involved.
Don't see it if you do not want to be exposed to anger and violence both physical and psychological. The ripple effect of damage is profound
See it if Professional cast running smoothly. Acting far exceeds the writing.
Don't see it if Plodding, overwrought play bogs down into soap opera Act II. Characters way too naive and self destructive. Unrealistic puppets of writer.
See it if you're interested in a play about the Muslim experience in the western world.
Don't see it if you don't have patience for a new playwright learning his craft.
See it if you're interested in complexities of immigrant dislocation & struggle of Muslims to assimilate & integrate faith with secular culture
Don't see it if you're impatient with much talk & little action; though many small moments are lovely, entire scenes and character arcs lack dramatic action
See it if you enjoy a well-written family narrative structure -imagine Tony Kushner without the fantasy stuff
Don't see it if you prefer a theater that dont force you to think and reconsider stuff.
See it if you want to see a family from Pakistan living in London grapple with the pains and tensions between assimilation and cultural traditions.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with messy, confused, and selfish human beings seeking their place in their society and in their family/culture.
See it if you are interested in social/political issues. and if you like good actors
Don't see it if you aren't patient with a new playwright still figuring things out. There's great stuff in here but it can be edited.
See it if for the complex tapestry of ideas and characters, for the direct and current dialog on religion, tolerance & identity and for great acting.
Don't see it if you're looking for something lighter or less "talky", or if you're expecting a play to also resolve the difficult questions it raises.
See it if you like plays about unique topics, you like new plays, you enjoy plays telling stories from different ethnicities
Don't see it if you want a fun play, you like big production values
See it if You want to see a show where any nationality can be portrayed with the same life problems and aspirations. Excellent acting, too!
Don't see it if You are not into family dramas.
See it if You are up for a rather cursory treatment of the plight of upper-middle class, modern, progressive Muslims in post-9/11 London.
Don't see it if You are expecting something profound or relevatory.
See it if you want to experience a table drama with something to say, and that provides ample representation for non-white people and narratives
Don't see it if you dislike table dramas and the trope of the angry young man