Closed 1h 15m
Nassim
Midtown W
80

Nassim NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(169 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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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.

77
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

Critic Reviews (13)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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December 14th, 2018

“A play unlike any other...There are no rehearsals and there is a new guest star for every performance...There is a sealed envelope and playwright uses the power of language to unite us...A life changing experience. It was a journey that the entire audience took...The play was entertaining, engaging, and inspiring...In the midst of tragic events happening in the world, ‘Nassim’ manages to tackle some serious issues...’Nassim’ works because of the playwright’s genuine and candid voice."
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December 12th, 2018

“Deliberately disorienting…But if ‘Nassim’ is an example of what you can call trickster theater, with lots of teasing, it winds up not just clever, but charming, and even warm-hearted. And it offers several lessons, both literal and emotional, that illustrate how language can serve as both barrier and bridge between strangers…Part of the delight of this show is the unpredictable way in which it unfolds.”
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December 13th, 2018

“Each performance a different actor reads from a script they are seeing for the first time...My actor was Linda Emond...She is personable and likable, which is what this role calls for, in order for the concept to work. Emond was charming, enthusiastic and game throughout...I found this show lacking in depth. Perfect if this was for school kids, but there was not enough...’Nassim’ boarders on cute, sweet and playful. Some will find its ending endearing.”
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January 23rd, 2019

"'Nassim' is a sweet, slowly enveloping, admittedly manipulative experience that speaks to our shared humanity and breaks down the perceived barriers we erect between people, groups, and nations. In order for the effect to work in just 75 minutes, the content is itself simple and perhaps limited, but the message is superior and unmistakable...'Nassim' gently teaches, inviting empathy and communion between the guest actor and Mr. Soleimanpour, and the audience."
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December 12th, 2018

"A delightful and moving autobiographical work about language, heritage, and the deep need for artists to tell stories...While a significant part of the fun is watching how the guest actor deals with being put on the spot time and time again, Soleimanpour...is also sharing an intimate story that we can all relate to...Ultimately, you’ll leave City Center knowing a little more about the guest actor, a lot more about Soleimanpour, and even a few things about yourself."
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