New York | 1h 45m | Ends Mar 24

A Second Birth

From 29 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing

About the show

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.



91
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if About the custom of bacha posh that challenge one young woman and her family.

Don't see it if You have no interest in what some women go thru in a different country.

Also This show has alot of love in this family. This story does have a happ... Read more Read less

90
Heartfelt, Great staging, Thought-provoking

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

Also I enjoyed this show greatly for its presentation of another way of lif... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You are interested in other cultures, or in gender issues, or the possibility of becoming the other gender.

Don't see it if You are not interested in any of the above.

Also A fascinating exploration of a custom of gender-switching; the ending ... Read more Read less

90
Beautifully played, Delightful, Feminist, Educational, Smart

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.

Also Islamic feminism. Islamic gender-bending. If you only have access to t... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

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.

Also Having grown up in the U.S., bacha posh seems like such an oppressive ... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

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.

Also Miss Phatak carries the play admirably and this is a play that leans o... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Thought-provoking, Touching, Relevant, Absorbing

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.

84
Polemical, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You are interested in women in Afghanistan

Don't see it if You do not have an interest in women in Afghanistan or in feminist themes or themes of gender identity

Also Although this show was well acted and well paced I have a problem with... Read more Read less

82
Good acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Charming

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

81
Charming, Surprisingly light, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Oddly, while watching this, I was reminded of Star Trek. The custom of... Read more Read less

80
Interesting, Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

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).

80
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

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.

Also This was a well-acted, well-written production. However, it left me wi... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate a sincerely written and acted play about emotions and that deals with gender discrimination

Don't see it if You want something slick and easy

79
Thought-provoking, Profound, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy going on a cultural journey.

Don't see it if you don't like small intimate theater settings.

77
Unnecessary adjusting of rugs & furniture, Predictable plot, Cultural insights, Beautiful staging, Thought-provoking

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.

77
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

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

77
Interesting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in strange customs from other cultures

Don't see it if you like realistic endings

Also Much stage time is spent rolling and unrolling rugs. The story is inte... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Entertaining

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.

75
Solid, Interesting, Delightful

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.

75
Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Funny

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

73
Relevant, Resonant

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.

72
Intelligent, Profound, Refreshing, Ambitious

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.

70
Disappointing, Banal, Great acting

See it if You’re more interested in the acting then the storyline

Don't see it if If you were expected and required good writing that isn’t predictable

58
Predictable

See it if You are interested in learning about a subject that you may not be familiar with.

Don't see it if You are bothered by a predictable script and not very good staging

Also 10 minutes into the play Everyone knew exactly how the first act was g... Read more Read less

100
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Funny, Romantic

See it if If you want to know what love is and why we struggle to figure out what love is in new and unexpected relationships.

Don't see it if If you hate love stories.

Also This show is a funny, startling, gender bending romp of a fable set in... Read more Read less


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