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.
“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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"'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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
See it if Unique exploration of the meaning of friendship, mutual understanding and generally what it means to be human. Great staging.
Don't see it if No reason not to see it! Everyone should go at least once.
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.
See it if you want to feel a deep personal connection to a play, playwright, actor, and audience.
Don't see it if you are grieving the loss of a parent (just proceed with caution)
See it if you want a moving and truly unique theatrical experience about language and storytelling that cannot and will not ever be replicated again.
Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional narrative-driven play and are averse to anything interactive.
See it if you want something different. The play kind of floats on along on these cutesy jokes that build toward endearing and provocative moments
Don't see it if you want a traditional play or one that starts right away. This is a slow burn.
See it if you like interactive, original theatrical experiences about developing friendships and understanding across borders and cultural divides.
Don't see it if you only like plays with a traditional structure and characters that preserve the fourth wall rather than unique interactive experiences.
See it if you are a fan of the particular actor that night, enjoy an excellent, witty and heart touching night of different theatre.
Don't see it if you need somewhat of a storyline, expect traditional theatre or absolutely have no heart.
See it if you want to see a different, innovative type of theater. You enjoy elements of improv and audience interaction. You are open to being moved
Don't see it if you need a play with an intricate plot. you don't care about intercultural understanding and the issue of borders
See it if Enjoying an interactive performance with Touching moments and very fun. It might seem superficial but it’s quite deep when you reflect on it
Don't see it if You want a traditional script and atraight linear story. This is more a performance than a play, and fun.
See it if You'd like to have a unique theatre experience and feel connected as a human being.This show is a "Balm" for our turbulent times.A Unifier!
Don't see it if you don't want to think.
See it if you like unique theatrical experiences which challenge you to keep an open mind about the world at large.
Don't see it if you are interested in liner plot driven theater. A guest actor performs cold so stay away if you come with a closed mind.
See it if You want to see something surprising and fresh, with heart and relevance.
Don't see it if You prefer traditional plays. You are uninterested in cultures outside of North America.
See it if open-minded, ready to learn about language and culture, and/or eager to see what surprises an (unrehearsed) actor you love may encounter.
Don't see it if a 75-minute show featuring an unprepared actor, silent playwright, the use of screens/technology, and audience interaction doesn’t appeal
See it if A play that is nearly impossible to describe in a linear fashion but nevertheless satisfying to experience. A boldly innovative concept.
Don't see it if ...you want glitz, a huge cast, dancing girls, or Broadway razzmatazz. Hate thinking at the theater? Stay away.
See it if You like experimental theater with smart plot/idea and very profound exploration of humanity. If you want to be moved.
Don't see it if If you like a traditional play.
Also Very clever, funny, and deeply heartwarming. It speaks to your heart.
See it if You want to see a very different kind of show that is well written, funny, poignant at times and will hold your interest throughout.
Don't see it if You want to see a traditional broadway show
See it if You love language, are saddened by censorship, moved by optimism about human connection, and appreciate surprises, sophistication, and charm
Don't see it if Everybody should see it, including kids maybe age 12 and older. If you REALLY require a conventional plot, maybe you won’t like.
See it if you’re interested in what it means to communicate, to put words into someone else’s mouth on a stage... or you just love that night’s guest!
Don't see it if you dislike experimental theater, have no tolerance for the unpolished, or prefer shows that simply entertain and do not make you think.
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ALL SALES FINAL. Code valid for performances through April 20, 2019. Blackout dates may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers. No refunds, exchanges or retroactive discounts. Cast, schedules, and discounts subject to change without notice. Regular service fees apply.
ALL SALES FINAL. Code valid for performances through April 20, 2019. Blackout dates may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers. No refunds, exchanges or retroactive discounts. Discount expires January 31st, 2018 and may be revoked at any time. Cast, schedules, and discounts subject to change without notice. Regular service fees apply.
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