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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)


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

See it if want to see a play about the plight of Iraqi immigrants in America. They know life is better here but regret that they can never go home.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare - this play is very intense.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like family dramas with some surprises; you like plays involving the adjustment of Iraqi families to the USA

Don't see it if you want to see a fun musical; you don't like plays involving Middle Eastern immigrants;

Relevant, Slow, Intense

See it if If you enjoy psychodrama and theater that explores patriarchal attitudes and ensuing tragical events

Don't see it if Plays that end abruptly with the stage going black drive you bonkers

Intelligent, Informative, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if A family drama, an immigrant drama, a woman's drama, historical and personal. Akin to The Doll's House but so many issues in play - complex.

Don't see it if It's not a comedy, it's not a musical, it's serious, cast of 5, small theater, lots of themes, accents, new immigrants in America.

Also I enjoyed this play and it stayed with me long after I left the theate... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Quirky, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want some insight into the immigrant experience in America.

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas or accented dialog

Also The set was interesting but somewhat confusing the way it was used for... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy an exploration of family values and the exploration of other cultures

Don't see it if You want an easy, upbeat fluffy afternoon of theatre. This is a search for answers to difficult questions

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

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

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

Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you can follow a somewhat convoluted but engrossing plot and want to see unexpcted twists

Don't see it if you can't pay strict attention or are prejudiced against other cultures

Clever, Resonant, Refreshing, Layered, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the intersectional narrative of feminism and immigrant rights

Don't see it if you prefer your theater to be clear cut and no-fuss

Well acted, Relevant, Confusing, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you recognize A DOLL'S HOUSE as a classic and might enjoy a riff. Lead actress (the playwright) is wonderful, as is the simple set, but

Don't see it if it took a while -- and much exposition -- before the point of the play became apparent. Too confusing until that point is reached.

Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if if you like interesting characters dealing with interesting situations. Want drama that comes from character reveals as opposed to plot.

Don't see it if if you mind an uneven play that at times drags due to overlong speeches and lack of plot and plays that don't resolve.

Also I think of this as a reveal play where very little happens its just ab... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in aplay that deals wt an immigrant story,refugee problems, family drama, secrets, old vs new world & clashes of cultures

Don't see it if You dont like wordy drama, some confusing plot/lines,dont care about immigration, have strong values about virginity/havebaby out of wedlock

Also I have mixed feelings about the play. Overall I really liked it but th... Read more Read less

Nuanced, Clever, Intelligent, Slow, Twisty

See it if you like shows about memories and cultures intertwining. It has a twist and it explores gender roles.

Don't see it if you don't like having to listen intently to lots of dialogue that is sometimes very nuanced. It's an internal show that explores identities.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you're looking for a different kind of "Christmas show" that raises a number of really interesting themes.

Don't see it if you're not open to hearing about different cultures and those whose experiences are different than most of us!

Also I enjoyed Noura and it was so refreshing to see different cultures ref... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like to THINK in the theatre. This play really spoke to many on quite a few levels. That it's a riff on Doll's House was a bonus.

Don't see it if you like lots of action. This is a very talky play. Which I happen love.

Absorbing, Indulgent, Intense, Great acting, Profound

See it if You enjoy thought provoking drama

Don't see it if You want light hearted comedy or musicals

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

See it if You appreciate great acting discussing thought provoking and poignant topics.

Don't see it if You prefer light fluffy plays and or musicals.

Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if this play was very underrated. it was great!

Don't see it if ...

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

See it if if you care about the country's immigration policies,the challenges of dual identities, family dynamics, want great script

Don't see it if if want resolved plots, don't care about the lives of refugees, don't like family drama, or want a light drama.

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

See it if Explores the immigrant experience and PTSD, as well as issues of motherhood. It is intense, frank and unexpected

Don't see it if You are not interested in the immigrant experience and exploration of family drama.

Confusing, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you want a different view of an immigrant's life in America. Interesting look at those they leave behind.

Don't see it if you want an unpredictable story and a set that makes sense.

Intense, Profound, Life of iraqi refugees, Problems with acclimating to culture, View of immigrant experience and repercussions of difficult choices made

See it if You are not familiar with the Iraqi immigrant (refugee) experience in the U.S. & would like a taste of it. Raffo is a great talent.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a christmas story about families facing choices of losing identity of homeland in favor of being more American.

Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in stories about immigration/roots/home/family. You want to support a production about Iraqi-Americans.

Don't see it if You are expecting an explicit connection to A Doll's House.

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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