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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
76
Avg Score

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if A well-written story about weaving upbringing and the culture of one country with living and adapting to another.

Don't see it if A Dec. 30 close just doesn't work with your schedule.

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy thought provoking ideas and want to look at certain issues from more than one angle.

Don't see it if you want a neat simply tied up story or have no interest in the culture of immigrants.

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.

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy complex plots &interesting characters that deal with complicated issues. Talented playwright and impressed acting

Don't see it if You are interested in light entertainment

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy shows where the protagonist is conflicted about where they are versus where they are from. Quite a lot to think about.

Don't see it if It’s a Broadway spectacle gray you are after.

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!!

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy family drama, surprises, Christmas and immigrant isssues

Don't see it if You want something light and Funny

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you enjoy dramas about family relationships/mistakes we live with, are interested in what it means to escape to the US from another country

Don't see it if you don't like dramas about families and/or the experience of leaving your own homeland to live in the US

Also Play ends without resolving most things....need part 2 please!

74
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Too many ideas, Intense

See it if You like a discussions about the issues that divide and/or unite us, without being beaten over the head with current political tropes

Don't see it if You prefer light entertainment, something funny

80
Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like plays about marriage

Don't see it if you don't like plays About women

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

77
Great writing, Poetic, Fascinating, Refreshing

See it if To see a very interesting story that is very well written and not a story you have seen before on stage, Heather Raffo is wonderful

Don't see it if Not into an intellectual drama, if you’re looking for something explosive, it’s very slow slow burn drama that takes patience and grace

85
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy deep conversations and themes

Don't see it if you don't want to feel disturbed and want was frivolous night out

76
Relevant, Story draws you in, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a reflective and sometimes complex story about family; women writers, directors, a women's reflection on adopting a new country.

Don't see it if you are looking for action over thought as the ​main focus of play.

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the psychological impact immigrants have in adjusting to life in a new country and the dynamics of the adjustment.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play about immigrants.

Also I enjoyed two of the actors, one who was the playwright. Also, I thoug... Read more Read less

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

85
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy good acting and plots dealing with family interaction

Don't see it if you don't like plays about problems of immigrants.

80
Relatable, Thoughtful, Compassionate

See it if you want a novel spin on the classic family drama, with keen insights, strong performances and a tremendous and memorable final scene.

Don't see it if you need bold, visually enticing staging, as the set is kinda bland and most of the dialogue is at a table on one end of the stage.

72
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Intense

See it if You are fine with an intense one act play that is focused on very serious subject matter that is relevant today.

Don't see it if You are looking for a pick-me-up and major character development.

91
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the assimilation and PTSD issues of refugees. You like relationship dramas with a lot of conversation

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare. You have difficulty listening to foreign accents on stage.

Also Understanding the actors because of the accents and occasional lack of... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Intense

See it if You want to see a thought-provoking drama about refugees with excellent acting.

Don't see it if you enjoy clarity. I found the actions of the title character to be confusing at times and the play seemed somewhat choppy because of it.

85
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You're interested in how we "Americanize" ourselves, and how refugees process trauma.

Don't see it if You're looking for more than a variation on the "American Family Drama," updated for the 2010s.

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

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

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


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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