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 you want to see a play that is hard to describe, so unique yet so powerful, creative, funny, emotional. Just go and see it before it ends.
Don't see it if cannot find any reason not to, yet the experience might be different according to the actor on stage that night.
See it if You are human. This is one of those experiences that remind me why I live in New York and how important theater is.
Don't see it if You aren’t human. I mean. Yeah. That’s the only reason not to. And it’s only running a few more performances.
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 want a different view of people from Iran. If you would like to see their humor and their love for their mother and country.
Don't see it if If you like a conventional play with an arc or you dont like out of the box theatre with audience participation
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 A surprisingly moving two people show where the “star” has no idea what they will be doing. It’s an amazingly special show.
Don't see it if Don’t want to cry. If you don’t like the guest star...or the writer. Just go see it.
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 I was lucky being able to see Melissa Gilbert in this role. A delightful and unique experience. Try not to know too much ahead of time. Y
Don't see it if You don't like experimental theater.
See it if you want to be moved and have some fun at the same time at an intimate show where you might just learn something. A lovely unique experience
Don't see it if you don't want to learn about others, other cultures, or see a show in an intimate setting or if you don't like the guest.
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 are willing to have a theatrical experience not knowing anything about it before entering. Prepare to be astonished.
Don't see it if You only like musicals or big productions. This is an intimate revelation of a beautiful story.
See it if You relish a special night in theater, unlike any you have seen and enjoy the opportunity to be surprised along with the guest "star"!
Don't see it if you hold bias against an Iranian playwright who loves his family and country
See it if You enjoy sentimental theatre that engages its audience, turning you into a unit/community.
Don't see it if You want something classic, narrative, and linear. You dislike interaction.
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 You want to see an exquisite and innovative play that breaks the borders by simply using the language wt a diff actor on each set
Don't see it if You like classic plays, you dont like surprises (each plays is different,everyactor brings their unique style),immigration doesnt interest u
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