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Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Disappointing, Ambitious

About the show

WP Theater teams up with Colt Coeur to present this world premiere, a thornily clever antidote to a “meet-cute” romance where conflicting cultural identities collide. More…

Passions ignite when Layla, an intense literature professor, accuses Imran, a brashly iconoclastic novelist, of trading in anti-Muslim stereotypes. But as their attraction grows into something more, they discover that good sex doesn’t always make good bedfellows.

Member Reviews (38)


Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Disappointing, Ambitious
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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Argumentative, Sexy

See it if Sexy academic idealistic muslim gal seduces sexy commercial egotistic muslim guy. Sparks fly. Can they grow from their differences?

Don't see it if Their antagonism hardly ever abates. They state their respective values on the portrayal of Muslims in western media, then keep arguing.

Impassioned, Platitudinous, Relevant, Preachy, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a libidinous & fervid debate on the image of Muslims in art & popular culture between a pop-fiction writer & a college prof.

Don't see it if you want more from an "issues play" than mere mouthpieces for competing viewpoints on a writer's responsibility to represent his/her culture

Banal, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if Mirza's sexualized political drama is often sharply written w/ moments of screwball comedy Acting is adaquate w/ politcal points well scored

Don't see it if Eventually however, Mirza's writing becomes preachy & didactic w/female lead given the prominent voice of debate Quest for balance fails

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if I want that set at my home. The two actors light up the stage. The lighting is so effective esp during scene changes

Don't see it if Both arguments make sense BUT...something is missing Beat the steps problem by entering on floor 3 Still no handrails in theater.

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

See it if you enjoy plays about dating & relationships among modern Muslims in today's USA, like 2-handers & intense confrontations

Don't see it if don't like 2-character plays or subjects about young American Muslims' professional ambitions, put off by the "Women's Project" label

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

See it if Holding a mirror to the world & taking to task a Muslim novelist(for his Islam depiction) a Muslim prof embarks on an affair for advancement

Don't see it if In an unspoken meeting, the two brown-skinned Muslims match hands comparing their hues, setting up the cultural dynamics & burying the lead.

Also Sample dialogue: "We are our beliefs."

Intense, Great direction, Compelling, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can. This play is only 90 minutes but it packs in ideas upon ideas upon ideas, while still being a compelling theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by a show whose idea is slightly better than its execution (in terms of dialogue and in terms of the performers).

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Conflicts with two people over the views and tradition. With a heavy sexual attention to each other.

Don't see it if You have no interest with the people of Muslims.

Also The stereotype and hardship the people face.

Edgy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like a story about the conflicts of persons within the Muslim faith. The sexual relationship muddies a lot of those conflicts.

Don't see it if you like uneven acting, exaggerated statements about prejudice. There is very little grey in this play, only black and white.

Great set/lighting, The issues raised are important, Relevant, Topical

See it if Want look at artist responsibility vs the perceived roles of Muslims in society thru couple who inexplicably keep lustily jumping into bed.

Don't see it if Don't want EXPLICIT talk, sim sex onstage, a one-note polemic debate, characters who don't chge over arc of story, questionable plot holes.

Try’s to hard to be about something

See it if You want to see a new play on an ethnic issue

Don't see it if You want a new well done take on an ethnic issue

Very contemporarily relevant, Complex nuanced writing, Great two-hander

See it if Multiple conflicts: modern/tradition practicing Islam, research professor/popular fiction writer, sexual tension, Muslim terrorism/peaceful.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in cultural and religious conflicts facing Muslims in America and their portrayal in media.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like to see a great cultural representation of Muslim-Americans that diverts from the usual cliches. Great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like issue plays or two hander plays. You are looking for something family friendly.

Quirky, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy cliched writing and non believable characters (at least the first half) followed by heavy preachy serious dialogue

Don't see it if you don't enjoy cliched writing and non believable characters (at least the first half) followed by heavy preachy serious dialogue

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

See it if like me, Adrienne Campbell-Holt is one of your favorite directors. When I see her name attached, I just go, knowing it will be worthwhile.

Don't see it if you unfortunately missed your chance.

Unfulfilled petential, Valid concerns, Confusing, Verbose

See it if you like "edgy" relationship dramas, woman/man conflict, Islamic religious issues among Muslims & within the larger American society.

Don't see it if you dislike strong sexual content, much argumentation within a "relationship" and somewhat tedious dialog that, at times, becomes confusing.

Very sexy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in getting a rare theatrical glimpse into two Muslims' lives, their viewpoints, and how they interact.

Don't see it if you do not like philosophical dialogue (interspersed with some very sexy onstage actions).

Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you have ever had sex with someone you just didn't like again and again. GUILTY HERE!!!!

Don't see it if the idea of a clever play starring two sexy actors who have hate sex, cuts too close to your own personal experience, AVOID AVOID AVOID!!!!

Also I LOVED everything about this play. It was WELL CAST-two sexy looking ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Ambitious, Interesting

See it if you're looking for a show that engages with contemporary issues, particularly those surrounding Muslim Americans. The sum is definitely...

Don't see it if ...greater than the whole of its parts. The writing is uneven. The acting is occasionally overwrought. But the overall story is important.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you like exploring conflict of principles between strong personalities on timeless themes: self over community, exploitation over advocacy

Don't see it if you want a larger scope than an attractive cast of two on a single (enviably attractive) set with clashing egos & questionable moral stances

Intense, Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if two great actors entering into an intense romance affected by their cultural identities

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional love story

Intense, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see a play about Muslim relationships in the United States

Don't see it if you want to see a play with understandable dialogue and dialogue with which you can identify.

Also Th female lead spoke so fast I couldn't understand what she was saying... Read more Read less

Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you interested in how modern day Muslim's deal with their faith, their ideals and realtionships

Don't see it if you overt sexuality make you uncomofratble.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you love high-energy verbal jousting between sexy characters half at each other's throats and half at each other's bodies

Don't see it if your thing is musicals, or you have no interest in a dissection of how Muslims are portrayed in modern Western media

Also The two actors are well-known veterans of network TV. The male was the... Read more Read less

Preachy, Slow, Cliched

See it if If you want to see a play where characters are mouthpieces for the author's point of view. Politically correct diatribe.

Don't see it if You like character development and want to care about them.

March 13th, 2019
“Smart, sexy and not entirely satisfying....Ms. Mirza is a sharp writer and a savvy thinker...But too often Layla and Imran feel like mouthpieces for the larger arguments. When the actors really sell the repartee, those mouths can be enough...As the badinage sputters, though, the play wilts...Sti...
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March 14th, 2019
"Layla and Imran’s hookup-turned-romance is fun to watch. But ultimately, 'Hatef**k' is another example of a genre that has become too familiar: The 'play about art,' in which well-educated people debate the role and responsibility of the artist in society. Granted, it’s an important debate, espe...
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March 13th, 2019
"Ladnier and Ramamurthy wield Mirza's sharp writing like two Olympic fencers brandishing their foils. They begin to stumble over their lines, however, as the plot progresses and Mirza becomes bogged down in the play's real purpose: an argument over the representation of Muslims in popular culture...
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March 14th, 2019
"There’s stinging dialogue, solid construction and high powers of observation that accurately render the fractious literary milieu...The characters are impeccably detailed and behave so realistically, causing the possible dynamic for the viewer of siding with one over the other...Director Adrienn...
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