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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
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like a good drama that unfurls as the play goes on.

Don't see it if You expect quick action. This play takes its time (and it's only 90 minutes).

Absorbing, Educating

See it if If you're interested in the effects of war on a personal level

Don't see it if you don't want a serious subject

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to see a story of refugees making a new life for themselves while acclimating spiritually to find a balance.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy heightened text & symbolism, and a play that forces you to think long after it ends.

Also What I liked about this piece is that it is a nod to the Ibsen classic... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in understanding the experience of a successful Iraqi American and her family. excellent acting and writing

Don't see it if You like to go to Trump rallies

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you are interested in refugees or you like stories about immigrant families trying to adapt in a positive way

Don't see it if you thought the show was about immigration because it's more about the characters

Disappointing, Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

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.

Great acting, Intelligent, Dialogue-heavy, Slow, Has its moments

See it if You're interested in supporting Middle Eastern/West Asian representation onstage, you're interested in character driven work vs. plot driven

Don't see it if You need to see more doing and less talking, ou're not interested in family dramas or PTSD/assimilation stories

Also I love Anne Bogart's diagnosis of the problem with so much theater bei... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing, Edgy

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Are interested in other cultures.

Don't see it if You don’t like A Dolls House as it is the source material.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like plays about Iraqi-American culture with great acting.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in Iraqi-American culture

Great acting, Intelligent, Confusing, Thought-provoking

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.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if The slow reveal of the characters and their backgrounds made for a thought provoking show

Don't see it if you want lots of action or musical numbers

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a strong and original female lead, a new playwright's voice, Iraqi immigrant family humor (a first for me) and dramatic twists.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged. This play has really stayed with me and I am so glad that I saw it.

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

See it if Interested in a smart immigrant Iraqi family, embracing their new US citizenship. Interesting twists while blending traditions during xmas.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a fluff theater experience and no interest in Iraqi culture.

Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if See if you know anyone who is an immigrat or of immigrant decent. This is not only timely and relevant but can translate to anyone.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you do not like plays that are about immigrants or about people who have a hard time fitting in...

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You appreciate shows about the immigrant experience and you are looking for a thought-provoking theatrical experience

Don't see it if You don't like shows that leave issues unresolved

Smart, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Almost brilliant

See it if A refugee parallel to A Doll’s House exploring differences of American individualism vs Middle Eastern community/culture sounds good.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to piece together big ideas about what this is about. This is a bold play that feels slightly unfinished.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if complex emotional drama that touches upon current issues of immigration, identity and acceptance.

Don't see it if you're not interested in theater addressing serious current issues

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if you appreciate excellent acting. The interaction among the characters is seamless and riveting. Each actor totally inhabits his/her role.

Don't see it if you don't like political or emotional themes. At times it is a bit hard to follow as there is a lot going on.

Also I already have a ticket to see it a second time before it closes.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if You like deep theater with great acting.

Don't see it if You only like comedies.

Relevant, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you want or need an understanding and a deeper connection to the layers of the refugee in the US experience.

Don't see it if you are very sensitive to potentially triggering topics. Most people should be able to handle this though. +don't come looking for a comedy.

Also This is a beautiful, powerful, and important play focused on a family'... Read more Read less

Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if You want a current take on a classic. This is a gritty look at the reality of today.

Don't see it if You don’t like to stay up on current events or see a story from another point of view.

Ambitious, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to witness brilliant acting and painstakingly real truths about the experience of some Iraqi immigrants.

Don't see it if You desire a strong plot arc and a clear through-line.

Funny, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play without intermission that is absorbing with a great story.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or comedy.

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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