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Noura

From 181 member  reviews
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

18
Selfish

See it if You want to see a play about people from Iraq trying to fit in and live in America

Don't see it if If you are hoping to make a connection and feel for any of the characters in the play. I don’t think many people can relate to this

Also The main reason for my low rating is because I think the playwright wr... Read more Read less

45
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if There are some strong performances and lovely moments in this muddled, unfocused, poorly written, even more poorly staged play.

Don't see it if Ultimately, the play is an aimless 75 minutes that inexplicably and clumsily explodes into a fraught crisis drama for the final 15 minutes.

During previews
31
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want a story about Iraqis in America.

Don't see it if Find accents hard. No real plot. Lots and of random talking. Twist at end has been done many times before in various plays.

During previews
46
Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Excruciating

See it if You like confusion pretending to be great writing.

Don't see it if You don’t like pretentious unclear unfocused poorly written and directed plays.


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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