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Nassim

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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. More…

Nassim Soleimanpour’s last play "White Rabbit Red Rabbit" ran for more than 9 months in New York, and was performed by Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, F Murray Abraham, and other celebrated actors. "Nassim" his latest exploration into imaginative storytelling that seeks to challenge traditional theatrical forms.   



Member Reviews (168)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Funny
80
Avg Score

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.

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.

Also The show is 90% dependent on the Guest Star. We could see very easily ... Read more Read less

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

84
Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Partners 90% & my 80%. We lucked out with Michael Cerveris as the guest actor .A different concept re: theater Well sited in M.T.C. Stage 2

Don't see it if play centered on language and political problems for an Irani. Audience participation works for many

78
Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Well staged, Quirky

See it if Soleimanpour's solo-ish dramedy about his love of theatre, his nationality & his mother Success of evening hinges on the nightly guest star

Don't see it if Despite its genuine humanity, could be a little cloying & sentimental for some tastes Lisa Emery (my guest) brought a welcome realism to it

86
Generous, Fun, Funny, Tender, New every night

See it if you'd like to take part in a language lesson, Farsi to English & back again, taught by a different proxy for the playwright every night.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play.

Also Before I saw “Nassim,” Iranian-born Nassim Soleimanpour’s latest effor... Read more Read less

61
Nassim s, iranian immigrant, tells his childhood story in iran thru script w guest performer/lisa emery; outer tale of iranian censorship unfortunately told at "golden book" level, not for sophisticates

See it if unique format: 2-character script projected on screen w 1 part read by actor, other part (Nassim’s) being unspoken shows power of words

Don't see it if gimmicky/simplistic; teaching audience story in Farsi, actor telephoning story 2 N's mother in Iran is not a blow vs. Iranian censorship

Also Compare the score in this review given to "Nassim" (61) about an Irani... Read more Read less

65
Profound, Indulgent, Quirky, Personal, Thought-provoking

See it if you’re interested in making a connection with a foreign culture. Or you just want to learn some words in Farsi.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional play with a narrative. This is highly unconventional, though relevant in our divisive times.

Also The moral of the story is that although we may be separated by languag... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Engaging, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like new forms of theatre or have enjoyed those plays where “the actor tonight has never seen the script before”.

Don't see it if You think plays like this are hokey and lack substance. While I understood the larger meaning, it wasn’t significantly impactful.

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.

72
Confusing, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if This is something different and out of the box. Funny at time.

Don't see it if It you want a straight story.

Also Confusing and not sure were it was going. The actor is learning a new ... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy very creative staging of a play. Do not expect a plot or a cast of characters. This is all about concept of communication among us

Don't see it if you want a play with a plot or a drama with great acting and dialogue. The quality of guest artist will also make a difference.

82
Sweet, Delightful, Touching, Unique, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in another culture & language; enjoy a unique experience; take a chance on an actor reading a script for the first time.

Don't see it if you're looking for lots of action & drama; don't like any audience participation; you prefer a traditional format; pacing can be slow.

Also The performer for my show, Jeremy Beiler, was wonderful - sensitive, i... Read more Read less

75
Engaging, Warm, If the guest actor is game, a charming premise

See it if Want to see a unique idea for a play designed to unite cultures through language. It all depends on affable guest -mine was kinda perfect.

Don't see it if Want slick w bells/whistles, can't read text on a screen, don't have patience -this rolls out slow. Know what this is before buying tickets!

Also The premise will be difficult for some (one woman was beside herself i... Read more Read less

72
Charming and tender, Crosses language and cultural barriers, Semi-improv

See it if A guest (Lisa Emery tonight) who has never seen the script interacts live with playwright Nassim. Words in Farsi and English were learned.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in experimental theatre or want a traditionally structured play.

80
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in an experimental, non-traditional play about language and family. If you are a fan of a particular guest actor.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with audience participation (it's voluntary so don't worry if that scares you). It's more of an experience than a play.

75
Good. different. slight.

See it if You appreciate all kinds of theatre.

Don't see it if You expect a play with a beginning middle and end.

52
Not much meat to this when you really think about it

See it if You are interested in seeing something different. You get to see an actor perform without really acting.

Don't see it if Are expecting a normal and traditional play.

Also I saw this guy’s first play and I was really annoyed when it was over ... Read more Read less

97
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like creative, quirky stories.This is a gem.I cannot recommend it highly enough.Absolutely delightful,moving,funny and fun. GO!

Don't see it if you want a big brassy musical or feel that the Muslim ban was a good thing. Actually if you are a Trumpite-go see this and rethink your pov.

80
Entertaining, Different, Touching, Quirky

See it if You like original & different plays, you like stories about different cultures & different languages or actors put in unusual situations.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional plays, do not enjoy different languages or do not like visiting actors.

75
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a sweet story with a message

Don't see it if a one note concept that plays a bit too long is of no interest to you


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 i...
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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 s...
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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 cutes...
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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 possibl...
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