Noura NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(181 Ratings)
Positive
77%
Mixed
21%
Negative
2%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

About the Show

Playwrights Horizons' new drama about an Iraqi-American charts the intricate pathways of motherhood and marriage — and the fragile architecture of what we call home. Based on Ibsen's "A Doll's House."

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Show-Score Member Reviews (181)

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75 Reviews | 40 Followers
100
Absorbing, Edgy, Cliched

See it if Youve interest in the immigrant struggle to achieve American Dream while maintaining cultural customs. SUPERB ACTING

Don't see it if You have trouble deciphering Arabic accent. Very good play and venue.

51 Reviews | 20 Followers
98
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You like complex, intimate, emotional dramas that examine the effects of war, politics, religion, and impossible choices have on refugees

Don't see it if Not interested in the plight of refugees and attempts to assimilate in a foreign land

88 Reviews | 26 Followers
95
Poetic eloquence deepens the emotional complexities in this beautiful play ...

See it if you want to see a play with very real, many-sided characters grappling with their identities. The production values are top-notch.

Don't see it if you do not like plays that are quietly passionate. Refreshingly, this play deals with serious issues but does not cheaply get in your face.

94 Reviews | 9 Followers
93
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a thought-provoking, moving drama about an immigrant family

Don't see it if You can't handle a little didacticism

151 Reviews | 19 Followers
92
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great writing, Great staging

See it if If you enjoy intelligent writing performed by more than competent performers this is a show for you

Don't see it if You have no empathy for the imigrant situation

61 Reviews | 18 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you wish to see great acting that will make you think.

Don't see it if you wish to see a feel good show. Read more

80 Reviews | 8 Followers
92
Absorbing, Educating

See it if If you're interested in the effects of war on a personal level

Don't see it if you don't want a serious subject

81 Reviews | 12 Followers
92
Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if See if you know anyone who is an immigrat or of immigrant decent. This is not only timely and relevant but can translate to anyone.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you do not like plays that are about immigrants or about people who have a hard time fitting in...

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
December 10th, 2018

"Compelling and ambitious but also, under Joanna Settle’s direction, a bit blurry. With so much going on inside the title character, much of it contradictory, the audience may feel, along with her family, flummoxed by her whipsawing...Settle’s production is long on mood, short on clarity. Yet many moments are perfectly clear and stirringly powerful..It’s good that the best parts of 'Noura' aren’t easy. But a central performance as deep as Raffo’s can eventually become inaccessible."
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Time Out New York
December 10th, 2018

"The first half-hour of Raffo’s family drama 'Noura' is lovely...Raffo is at her best when she’s in this preparatory phase... When the actual plot kicks in, 'Noura' becomes both predictable and, whenever Raffo gives herself a speech, strangely overwritten...Raffo has taken inspiration from Ibsen’s 'A Doll’s House,' itself indebted to the 19th century's 'well-made play' clichés. Raffo gets caught up in that machinery, and those heavy old gears grind even her very fine characterizations into dust."
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The Wall Street Journal
December 20th, 2018

"Raffo has given us a human drama...One of the finest new plays I’ve ever reviewed in this space...Full of unexpected revelations and flashes of sudden, blinding illumination. Time and again, Raffo’s characters casually tell us things that open our eyes to the tragic complexity of their lives...directed with supreme assurance by Joanna Settle,...and acted by a cast whose other members are worthy of the galvanizing challenge of sharing a stage with the charismatic Ms. Raffo."
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Theatermania
December 10th, 2018

"Now receiving a darkly evocative production from director Joanna Settle, the occasionally too-wordy drama is likely to leave audiences with deeply unsettled feelings about everything...In both her writing and performance, Raffo harnesses the expressive power of the unsaid. Unfortunately, certain choices undermine that enthralling silence...A messier play than 'A Doll's House,' but in many ways, it's a more honest one.
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Lighting & Sound America
December 11th, 2018

“’Noura’ has a timely and fascinating subject in the psychological and spiritual challenges of Iraqi refugees making new lives in America, but...Raffo overeggs the Christmas pudding larding her plot with so many revelations that her drama teeters on the edge of collapse...One shocker follows another at regular intervals...There's a lot going on in ‘Noura’, but to muted effect. Too bad -- there's a gripping story here, waiting to be told.”
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Talkin' Broadway
December 10th, 2018

"When we leave, we reflect that what we've just seen registers more as mood than drama. It's been given a loving production...There are some real issues raised, and some good speeches...Raffo's unvarying delivery aside, the actors are fine...'Noura' provides welcome disclosure into unfamiliar perspectives, but it's a long, static hour and a half...Provocative topics, but in 'Noura,' they come through only fitfully."
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New York Stage Review
December 10th, 2018

"'Noura' is no Ibsen retread; it’s very much Raffo’s own—an intriguing exploration of marriage, motherhood, heritage, and community that lingers long after its 90-minute conclusion...There’s a bit of a wall around 'Noura,' much like the title character herself. Raffo is a dynamic writer and performer, but she can be prone to speechifying."
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TheaterScene.net
December 11th, 2018

“The contemporary immigrant experience is explored in the heartfelt, didactic and inert family drama, ‘Noura’...Raffo’s characters, themes and situations tenuously recall Ibsen but without his monumental command of drama. Most woeful is the clunky surprise ending. Non-realistic asides and a stylized presentation compound the play’s defects...Without a defined plot, it plays out as a limp multi-character study...'Noura’s’ nobility just isn’t matched by its stilted writing."
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