Nassim
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Nassim NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(170 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
11%
Negative
1%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Funny

About the Show

Nassim ("White Rabbit Red Rabbit") explores the power of language to unite us in these uncertain times. No rehearsals. A different guest actor at every performance. A sealed envelope. Oh, and some surprises.

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Member Reviews (170)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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Entertaining, Unique, Uneven, Fun

See it if My review is about Kathy Najimy. She was awesome! So natural funny and engaging. What talent!!

Don't see it if you want a story. This is more experiential. Soleimanpour is at times very dry and mechanical. Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
77
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if We saw it with Kathy Najimy who was hilarious and really added a lot to the show. Concept is very clever. We had fun.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play .This is more of an experience. Go when the guest is someone you are interested in & you should enjoy

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Simple, Slow, Quirky

See it if you like a show w virtually no 4th wall. Actor & audience discover the play together. Amy Ryan did very well. Moving, but manipulative.

Don't see it if you want polish. Weak staging: Ryan's back was to me often. Worthy message is delivered slowly. Engaging, but modest entertainment.

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
80
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy spontaneous moments of theatre...controlled conversation that helps you see some beautiful life lessons on a very personal level.

Don't see it if You support The Orange Clown in the White House. This is exactly the show that you need to see but don’t bother, you won’t get it.

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
64
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You want a different kind of show . 2 actors, a guest actor ,someone different and the main actor who wrote it.

Don't see it if A even show. Gets gimmicky with what seems contrived audience participation. You want a good well staged performance.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
82
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Sweet

See it if You want to see an inventive theatrical experience. 75 minutes and a sweet message. Glad I took a chance on this one.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or plays. This is more of a performance experience.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
80
Refreshing, Immersive, Sentimental, Clever, Funny

See it if At its best when the actor is put on the spot trying to cope with surprises in the script. Many funny moments. Idealistic & heart-warming.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in the Farsi language. Very sweet & sentimental with no conflict. Looks only at the loving side of human nature.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
70
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like game shows. A performer is directed to do assorted tasks with reward accolades or punishment tomatoes, as a study in communication

Don't see it if if you are expecting a play. There is no plot, no characters, little set and lots of heavy handed theme.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
December 14th, 2018

“Soleimanpour first came to NY a couple of years ago with ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’...There’s some similar back patting in ‘Nassim,’ but this work is smaller and gentler and a lot more moving for it...Yes, ‘Nassim’ is manipulative. And no, it doesn’t quite play fair. But this time, Soleimanpour is threatening the actors with friendship, not death...A play about displacement...His new play speaks, at times eloquently, of trying to live and work in a place and with a language not your own.”
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Time Out New York
December 12th, 2018

"To some degree, the tenor of the show will depend on the guest actor you see...And I imagine there will be a somewhat larkish aspect to all of the guest performances, since the actors have signed up for a one-night stand. Soleimanpour’s dark sadness, on the other hand, is there every time. The show can be sweet, sometimes almost too sweet, but it’s like the sugar cube in the tea. In the moment that the cute part dissolves, you taste the bitterness beneath."
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 12th, 2018

"Uneven, but at its best the evening is as exhilarating for the audience as it surely must be for the guest performers...'Nassim' is perhaps too slight; it runs 75 minutes and feels insubstantial. There's also an inevitable gimmicky aspect to the proceedings that sometimes crosses over into cutesiness. But the piece...is touching and funny. It also proves relatable despite its very personal aspects."
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Theatermania
December 12th, 2018

"Warm and inviting...Most of the audience-participation gambits are in keeping with the creator's broader aim to foster a dialogue between two different languages and cultures. It's that ultimate goal...that gives 'Nassim' a poignancy that goes beyond the pleasantly playful surface...It's possible to find Soleimanpour's idealism overly sentimental...Still, maybe a dash of utopianism...has its place in a time as dispiritingly divisive as the one we're in right now."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 12th, 2018

"The play is rather thin, and it becomes somewhat treacly as the playwright talks mawkishly about 'new friends'...As an autobiographical play, we learn very little about the subject's life and work. Along the way, though, the play offers a number of surprises...Most interestingly, the play hints at the limits of communication and overcoming obstacles in translation...If 'Nassim' lacks the dark undertones of 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit,' there is a sense of aching longing just under the surface."
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TheaterScene.net
December 25th, 2018

"Directed by Omar Elerian, who staged the world premiere at London's Bush Theatre, even at 75 minutes the play seems a bit on the light side as not a great deal happens though different performers may react differently with different audiences and its charm may not work on all theatergoers. Nevertheless, 'Nassim' is a unique evening in the theater for those who give themselves up to the experience."
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Theater Pizzazz
December 12th, 2018

"Few people in the world truly understand the powers and perils of language - to connect, to divide, to speak love, spew hate, make us laugh, produce tears - than a playwright. And few playwrights have the same depth of understanding as Nassim Soleimanpour, an Iranian author who has never seen one of his works performed in his own country or in his native language, Farsi. Well, until now."
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CurtainUp
December 14th, 2018

“Soleimanpour's play demands that an actor have a quick wit, and the ability to be totally in the moment no matter what transpires on stage...’Nassim’ largely relies on a guest actor's voice to project authority and shape the meaning of the work...Soleimanpour has tucked some curve balls into his script. The play has two acts and is essentially a brief history of the playwright's life...Whereas the whole performance is entertaining...the conceit wears a bit thin.”
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