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Haram! Iran!

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Must see, Riveting, Great writing

About the show

Creative Concept Productions & Red Spear present a real-life-inspired drama about the 2005 trial and conviction of two Iranian teenagers for homosexual activity. More…

Fifteen and coming of age, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhouni struggle with their identities, not only as minority Arab Iranians, but as typical teenagers longing to discover their place in the world. When an innocent moment between two friends is misconstrued, the hard-line Iranian justice system takes over and upends their lives.

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Member Reviews (6)


Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Must see, Riveting, Great writing
Avg Score

Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like gripping plays with socio-political themes. Intense, depicting human rights abuses and anti-gay animus in contemporary Iran.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to reflect on the ways religious extremism can be used to justify horrific treatment of women, children, and gay people.

Also A bit long (two hours, no intermission), but impressively-delivered th... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You want to see a bad presentation of what I suspect is an excellent script. The direction, design & much of the acting are just wrong.

Don't see it if You want to suspend disbelief, or see decent acting, direction & design. 1 actor was good & he stood out because everything else was so bad.

Absorbing, Relevant, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if good solid acting in a riveting, sad true story about 2 Iranian teens accused of being gay

Don't see it if see a coming of age story of boys coming of age in present day homophobic Iran


See it if You want to get an idea of how the government of Iran deals with Sharia law & Gay young boys - Hanging! Respectful of the Quran.

Don't see it if You are offended by the reality of life in Iran. A powerful, emotional and disturbing show, but well worth the 2 hours.

Also Not for children due to violence. A stunning portrayal of human rights... Read more Read less

Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You are looking for a story that is moving, jaw dropping, and eye opening.

Don't see it if You are looking for something to just entertain you.

Riveting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Absorbing

See it if Just SEE IT and judge for yourself. Beautiful relevant show, especially under our new Administration.

Don't see it if Its not fluff. If you want fluff...go see CATS

March 13th, 2017
"It happened in 2005 Iran, yet it seems ever more relevant today in the USA...Unfortunately, the play itself has a tendency to be didactic, at times forcing the actors to speechify; the sudden stylistic shifts between Brechtian theater and naturalism also make it difficult to stay immersed in the...
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March 15th, 2017
“An emotional roller coaster well worth the ride…This is a great production with an important, relevant story…The twists and turns from this premise are harrowing, and there are moments of violence portrayed so realistically, they can be hard to watch…The acting and direction are superb. Director...
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March 14th, 2017
“An appealing coming-of-age play…The playwright, Jay Paul Deratany, expertly weaves the stories together…Rahul Rai as Mahmoud is ideal as the amiable jock who loves learning from the sensitive and erudite Ayaz, expertly played by Roberto Tolentino. Naama Potok infuses the appropriate amount of pa...
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March 15th, 2017
“Tolentino crafts Ayaz’s character with unnerving honesty, his uncertain body movements and sunken chest alluding to a lack of appreciation of self. Rai successfully captures both Mahmoud’s frat boy braggadocio and his latent capacity for compassion. Together, the create a chemistry that brings t...
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