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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!!
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
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
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"
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.