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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

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Cliched

See it if Youve interest in the immigrant struggle to achieve American Dream while maintaining cultural customs. SUPERB ACTING

Don't see it if You have trouble deciphering Arabic accent. Very good play and venue.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if u like complex narratives that explore the inner life of women. Themes of immigration, assimilation, family, and trauma explored.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in complex arab american stories.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy intelligent, thoughtful plays that deal with the immigrant experience in this country.

Don't see it if you don't care about how difficult it is for immigrants to be forced to leave their countries to find a better life here.

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

81
Great acting, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like drama with twists and turns, Great acting and surprises.

Don't see it if You want to see a happy holiday drama

90
Absorbing, Complex, Moving

See it if You are interesting in the psychological impact of being an immigrant

Don't see it if Political themes do not appeal to you or you are not interested in the political and psychological plight of the outsider

Also It looks like I valued this theatrical work more than my cohorts. I th... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Epic, Intelligent

See it if you like a thought provoking EMOTIONAL story.

Don't see it if want to sit back and enjoy a show. You need to be focused with this show, and if you are you will be richly rewarded

95
Poetic eloquence deepens the emotional complexities in this beautiful play ...

See it if you want to see a play with very real, many-sided characters grappling with their identities. The production values are top-notch.

Don't see it if you do not like plays that are quietly passionate. Refreshingly, this play deals with serious issues but does not cheaply get in your face.

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

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you wish to see great acting that will make you think.

Don't see it if you wish to see a feel good show.

Also Run to see it before it closes. You will not be sorry.... 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.

75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Intelligent play depicting an Iraqi Christian family and their experience of living in the US - with dramatic and unexpected plot twists

Don't see it if You're not interested in the immigrant experience

70
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like melodramas and character development, despite the relevancy in the play's plot, it is still just a melodrama

Don't see it if you want something a little bit more fast pace and aren't interested in something absorbing with lots of character development

89
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to see how some immigrant families integrate into American Society-their concerns and hopes-without American politics also present

Don't see it if you are looking for a fluff show that provides mindless entertainment. ( these shows have their place, but this is not one of them)

71
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like immigrant plays. Story of a Christian family from Iraq, their friends and family and many problems in their former and new homes.

Don't see it if Switches in characterization were unbelievable, but many interesting ideas. Had trouble hearing even in this small theater.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if The show has now closed but I was so glad I saw it. I learned about Iragi immigration Acting was excellent and many surprises in the writine

Don't see it if Family dramas are not interesting to you

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.

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Overstuffed, Muddy

See it if you want to see one of Heather Raffo's characteristically radiant performances and writing, and don't mind the rest being a bit messy.

Don't see it if you don't like realistic characters in a highly melodramatic plot, or want resolution to the (too many) ideas a play presents.

70
Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if like plays that explore what it means to come to a new country and culture.

Don't see it if you like straightforward dramas that don't leave you with a lot of questions.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if you want a profound story on the intersections of life for immigrants fleeing from trauma who arrive in America carrying ghosts.

Don't see it if A clean drama. There is stuff in here that doesn't logically make sense. The play wins on passion and performance.

98
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You like complex, intimate, emotional dramas that examine the effects of war, politics, religion, and impossible choices have on refugees

Don't see it if Not interested in the plight of refugees and attempts to assimilate in a foreign land

86
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound

See it if You enjoy stories of family and immigrants

Don't see it if You don’t like family dramas

75
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if relevant theatre about immigration/refugee and the past we can't just simply put behind us or escape

Don't see it if family drama, immigration-related​ issues aren't your thing

Also the story seems a little bit unfocused towards the end as it tries to ... Read more Read less


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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