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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
76
Avg Score

During previews
65
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Potpourri of issues and emotions, Slow beginning, Fuzzy

See it if you enjoy an interplay of contradictory thoughts and emotions. If you enjoy stories that explore the immigrant experience.

Don't see it if you prefer plays that present issues clearly and cohesively. You need a clear point of view rather than a cornucopia of thoughts / ideas.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if experience a first hand account of a displaced immigrant family as told and performed by a talented playwright and actor.

Don't see it if Someone with no world view or interest in the massive refugee plight that's happening today.

During previews
100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like thoughtful, complex dramas, that have as much to teach about social issues as it does about the human heart

Don't see it if if you have a short attention span: the big pay-offs come late in the drama, though there are some great surprises throughout the play ...

During previews
82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in current events and immigrant stories.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in something heavy and verbose.

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.

During previews
71
Ambitious

See it if The themes are very relevant. The play explores the role of a woman as wife & mother. It deals with the many conflicts immigrants face.

Don't see it if The subject of Middle Eastern immigration is of no interest.


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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