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Haram! Iran!

Members say: Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Riveting, Absorbing
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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6 reviews
 

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

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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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Reviews (10)

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77
Avg Score

60
Theatre is Easy

"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 story (except in the climactic scene in the court room, which is written to perfection.) Of course the piece has a commendable theme and is important theatre." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

“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 pathos into her role as Ayaz’s mother. Sahar Bibiyan intelligently portrays the passionate lawyer struggling for her place in the repressive male-dominated Muslim court hierarchy." Full Review

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Stage Buddy

“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 Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson worked out how these talented actors can bring forth this story believably with a minimal set that makes excellent use of the space.” Full Review

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The Knockturnal

“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 the text to life…Despite eschewing subtlety in favor of affect (particularly in its dialogue), 'Haram Iran' presents multiple conflicts with intricate complexity.” Full Review

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82
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing

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

49
Indulgent, Disappointing, 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.

79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Relevant

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

100
Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

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.

95
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Resonant, Riveting

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

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Thought-provoking

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