In a rural village in southern Afghanistan, a family struggles with the tradition of bacha posh - the practice of raising a daughter to act, dress, and behave like a boy. More…
As her feminine features begins to blossom, Nasim(a) must confront the relationships of her past and the traditions of her future to find out who she truly is.
See it if For a small scrappy show, it was well done. Character development was good and the story refreshing.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable in non traditional theater spaces. It’s in the high area of a church.
See it if If you want a play that has seriousness and humor as well. Deals with a afghani women and what it is like to live in Muslim world.
Don't see it if If you want a good or realistic ending. If you dont like smaller, more cramped spaces.
See it if Gender issues in Afghanistan, but also a heartwarming story of family, marriage, rebellious teenagers and young love. Great for all ages.
Don't see it if You are not interested in a coming-of-age story set in a traditional Muslim culture. Almost 2 hours in folding chairs. Barebones production.
See it if you'd like a window onto Middle Eastern family life like you've likely never seen it before.
Don't see it if you've no intention of opening up to a domestic situation that, though deeply human, is on the surface very unlike a typical US household.
See it if you are curios about Afghani customs and family life. Charming authentic aspects include costumes, tea traditions & traditional singing
Don't see it if unexpected plot twists or high drama make you happy. The plot of this show is similar to that of a romance novel.
See it if you want to see an intelligent story of the custom of bacha posh and the challenges it makes for the girl going through it.
Don't see it if you cannot watch a story of a custom that, from a Westerner's eye, is cruel and oppressive to women.
See it if you want to see a show dealing with a little known practice of Islam in rural Afghanistan and the hypocrisy embraced to "benefit" the family
Don't see it if the acceptance of Western values seen as the "escape" for Muslim women seems too strong an example of projection and the "happy" end unreal.
See it if you like productions that explore cultures you may not be familiar with
Don't see it if you want a flashy production, you don't like "Hollywood: endings or can't keep up with fast talking actors
See it if interested to learn about diff cultures & traditions through the play,how society dictates the women’s place,how we take granted our freedom
Don't see it if You do not like plays that takes place in small venue, plays deals with male dominance, family dynamics, violence towards women, child bride
See it if You enjoy sweet romances mixed with intelligent treatments of gender roles told through the use interesting settings and cultural phenomena.
Don't see it if You mind plays with many scenes and a predictable plot. The play maybe a bit more optimistic and nicer than the reality in the end.
See it if You are interested in the well-written, well-acted story of an Afghani woman. Despite heavy themes, it’s surprisingly light and enjoyable.
Don't see it if You’re not open-minded about other cultural practices. You are looking for something profound. It’s basically a romantic comedy.
See it if You are intrigued by a story about being a woman in Afghanistan, themes involving gender identity and marriage in Muslim culture.
Don't see it if You are not interested in Muslim and feminist themes.
See it if You like a show that is entertaining with good acting and a happy ending. Learning aspects of a different culture is always fun for me.
Don't see it if You need comfortable seats and a splashy set. Theatre is small and it was difficult to sit in the hard fold up chairs for the duration.
See it if you are interested in other cultures and girls / women's rights and issues
Don't see it if you are sensitive to an orientalist view. you expect consistent great acting from all actors in the play.
See it if you're interested in explorations of gender, family, and cultural expectations.
Don't see it if you'd prefer a show addressing this subject that is written by an Afghan
See it if A play about gender norms in Muslim culture, through an interesting example of faking gender identity to "protect" their family
Don't see it if You want a musical, or an ending that feels predictable and sappy (it's a nice ending though).
See it if you appreciate cultural diversity in approaches to life; appreciate sincerity in theater over slick production values
Don't see it if you are put off by a simplistic and obvious plot and production that felt amateurish at times (I wasn't); don't like value challenges