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Noura

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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." More…

Eight years ago, Noura and her family fled their home in Iraq. Today, she plans the perfect Christmas dinner to celebrate their new life in New York. But when the arrival of a visitor stirs up long-buried memories, she and her husband are forced to confront the cost of their choices, and retrace the past they left behind.


Member Reviews (181)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

65
Disappointing, Slow, Uneven

See it if You enjoy family dramas. Cast is good and show is well acted.

Don't see it if I found the first hour to be slow and meandering. The last 20min or so were good but by that point I didn't feel invested in the characters

66
Slow, Speechifying, Good acting, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if u want to see a modern A Doll's House, where many issues are raised about immigration, motherhood & marital obligations... with few answers.

Don't see it if you expect a true Ibsen redux [This is a pale adaptation/inspiration]; you don't have the stomach for heavy-handed diatribes & speeches.

60
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Beautiful set, Predictable

See it if You like overwrought family dramas dressed in relevance. an oblique discussion of identity. Christian and Muslim Arabs relating.

Don't see it if You dont like predictable plot lines. You dont like listening to a shrill, whiny lead or you want consistent characters. with true stakes.

Also I really quite hated this play.... Read more Read less

59
Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you find it interesting to have the playwright star in her own play as the lead character.

Don't see it if a story about a Christian Iraqi refugee, born in Mosul but now living in New York who celebrates Christmas just doesn't interest you.

Also My favorite thing about Noura was the set. The set for this play was b... Read more Read less

67
Slow

See it if You enjoy talky family dramas, with references to A Doll's House. You enjoy sets that complement the story and themes.

Don't see it if You want something that's active or mind-blowing.

64
Absorbing, Melodramatic, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if You want to see a melodrama. Despite the very relevant aspects of the play's plot, it is very much a melodrama of the first degree.

Don't see it if You dislike plays that depend more on "twists" than character development. Dislike uneasy resolutions.

Also "A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed." -... Read more Read less

69
Underwhelming, Topical, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the issues faced by educated, middle class immigrant families; women's concerns & identity

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment or fast-paced, high drama-this one is talky, talky, talky

Also There were important concerns laid out but I just didn't find the dram... Read more Read less

50
Indulgent, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a play about conflicting views on assimilation in American culture

Don't see it if you want to hear the main character pontificate throughout the play about the same dilemma over and over again. The play is stagnant & slow

52
Great acting, Relevant, Overrated, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if you are interested in the immigrant experience of assimilation vs. preservation of ethnic identity

Don't see it if you are easily bored, if you like well-rounded characters, you want characters with consistency, you have trouble understanding accents

67
Intelligent, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you want to see an interesting show about immigrants

Don't see it if you want more than just another family drama

Also I just saw where it was headed immediately so I didn't feel much tensi... Read more Read less

65
Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to learn more about the Christian Iraqi immigrants who become citizens- a little slow as it moved on.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the above.

65
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to see an interesting set, good acting.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive theatre experience. Too many ideas jumbled together and not one explored deeply enough. This play needs work!!

69
Cliched, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing

See it if Show particularly relevant for immigrants, Iraqi’s.Very good acting.performances are excellent, what I could hear of them.Don’t get the buzz

Don't see it if platitudinous.Must fix sound.Could not hear.Need mikes.derivative.1st 1/2 slow.Gains momentum till ending at fever pitch.Go for performances

65
Confusing, Cold

See it if you like disposable drama.

Don't see it if you're expecting parallels with Ibsen's "A Doll's House" as intimated.

Also When I looked at the remarkable set before the show began, I was struc... Read more Read less

68
Heavy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you get comp tickets through Show-Score Member Nights, are in the mood for serious drama that isn't too long

Don't see it if you want something lighter or musical

67
Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Relevant, Slow

See it if you're really interested in all sorts of refugee/immigrant/minority stories

Don't see it if you're looking for a refugee story with a bit more emotion, storytelling, and still "in the thick of it"

Also I feel like we do need stories about people who have immigrated to Ame... Read more Read less

68
Cliched, Confusing, Bad writing

See it if you really want to see something about Iraqi refugees and their identity crisis after living in the US for sometime

Don't see it if you want to see good directing and writing. Unfortunately this is not the case.

Also I was excited about the show, the topic is interesting and relevant. I... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Slow, Intense

See it if You're looking for a holiday themed show with larger, modern themes.

Don't see it if You want to understand every word. I felt I got to enough to understand, but there were lots of confused whispers around me.

Also I found this play never came together for me. Since some of the actors... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like plays that explore the plight of immigrants in the US. The struggle between being American and keeping the traditions.

Don't see it if You avoid plays that examine the lives of new US citizens that include many double standards and contradictions.

68
Confusing, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want an interesting take on an old show

Don't see it if You don't like "talky" plays. It's one unit set with a lot of dialogue

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Good acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You have an interest in the politics and culture of Iraq and its people. Nice believable performances and relationships among the characters

Don't see it if It was a very long 90 minutes for me - I wanted the meat of the story faster and the reprecussions to be shown on stage, rather than told.

69
Disappointing, Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in immigrant and refugee issues - you like to support female playwrights - you are interested in the stories of Iraqis.

Don't see it if you don't care for slow-moving stories that are absorbing and have interesting characters but leave you lacking at the end.

62
Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing, Edgy

See it if You like confusing stories. Staging is interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t like mediocre acting and actors you don’t believe mostly. The plot is very confusing and at some point doesn’t make sense at all.

65
Great acting, Intelligent, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if You find interest in the problems of Christians in Iraq.

Don't see it if Interesting production, but actors spoke too quickly and with accents that were hard to understand.

During previews
65
Preachy, Screechy, Inconsistent characters, Interesting premise, Disappointing

See it if immigrant (Iraqi) assimilation issues interest you. But play becomes muddled, esply by inconsistent chars. Who is progressive? conservative?

Don't see it if you dislike overwrought, nonsensical emoting. Histrionics abound. A shame script is weak; many plot holes, unbelievable speeches. 105 mins.


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 man...
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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’...
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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...d...
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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...
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