Nirbhaya NYC Reviews and Tickets

(3 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Potent, Great writing

About the Show

Created in response to the violent gang rape and subsequent death of a Delhi medical student.

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178 Reviews | 281 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Potent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You are ready for gut-punching retellings of disturbing events that affect women all over the world on a daily basis

Don't see it if you think that women who experience violent assaults "had it coming"

48 Reviews | 32 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Masterful

See it if You like intense emotional true stories, you don't mind openly crying, holding your breath, wanting to scream, wanting to jump on the stage

Don't see it if You get too emotional and can't sleep at night from current events, you want a happy story. This isn't. Prepare to think and talk about this

17 Reviews | 9 Followers
Edgy, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you care about women's rights, social justice, fighting gender-based violence.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to violent themes and scenes of assault.

Critic Reviews (40)

The New York Times
April 27th, 2015

"All the women describe the holes left in their lives by violence, gaps into which they feel they can still fall at any moment...A society’s imprisoning silence has been torn open for them...The feeling of having being erased keeps coming up as these women speak. In 'Nirbhaya,' it would seem, they are restoring themselves — and the woman of the play’s title — into visibility."
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April 26th, 2015

"The most harrowing theatrical experience currently in New York....One doesn't walk away with the sense that any of these women are victims: They are survivors. 'Nirbhaya' boldly brings their stories out of the shadows, where far too many abuse victims languish. It's a worthwhile journey, if you're willing to take it."
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Stage Buddy
April 27th, 2015

"The effect of witnessing 'Nirbhaya' unfold can only be marginally described or captured... Each story and connecting every narrative thread, the work tugs, goads, and surges through like dazzling light, even blinding an impassive critic. A poignant song, perfect in its poetry."
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Manhattan Digest
May 6th, 2015

"If you realize that your heart has momentarily stopped beating and you are holding your breath, then you will indisputably be eliciting the appropriately human response. Your fellow audience members are likely joining you in this awestruck silence...It is not hyperbolic to proclaim that this may well be the most important and imperishable pieces I have seen in my twenty plus year history of New York City theater."
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The New School Free Press
May 9th, 2015

"'Nirbhaya' delivered the emotions that many plays with similarly powerful plots failed to, without sounding like a therapy session...Every single scene...was well thought giving just the right sense of reality without going to the revolting reenactment of it. The play ended beautifully with a powerful portrayal of a martyr that started changes through a groundbreaking work of performing arts."
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Pop Matters
May 11th, 2015

"'Nirbhaya' is billed as a play, but a more accurate summation would be that it is a testimonial built upon affirmations...'Nirbhaya' is an outstanding and emotionally devastating work that bellows to urgently promote women’s rights...The stirring created by 'Nirbhaya', both the person and the performance, will hopefully lead to a further cultural awakening."
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Exeunt Magazine
July 31st, 2013
For a previous production

"Whilst the piece overall is well-conceived, some of her choices are a little uninspired...Despite its small flaws 'Nirbhaya' is certainly one of the stand-out shows of this year’s festival: timely, urgent and entirely fearless.
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Time Out London
August 6th, 2013
For a previous production

"‘Nirbhaya’ isn’t a success through gloss but because of the unvarnished potency of listening to these women share their ordeals...She deserves enormous credit for getting these women comfortable enough to talk about the terrible things that have happened to them. At a time when rape threats have become casual social media currency, it’s intensely sobering to have a play like this that reminds us so viscerally of the real horrors of sexual violence."
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