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Refuge

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Must see, Thought-provoking

About the show

Blessed Unrest teams up with Teatri Oda from Kosovo for this world-premiere play based on real events in which thousands of Jewish WW II refugees were harbored by families in Albania, most of them practicing Muslims. More…

A young Jewish woman embarks on a journey of discovery to a remote Albanian village. What she finds reveals both the truth of her family’s escape, and those who risked everything to provide them with refuge.


Member Reviews (19)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Must see, Thought-provoking
86
Avg Score

75
Good music, Fragmented, Inspiring, Touching, Relevant

See it if Inspiring to see how generous people can be. The audience was in tears when the families had to separate at the end of the war.

Don't see it if The jumps to the 1990's and the present had bland dialog and broke the emotional continuity. The dance scenes were hard to follow.

86
Well played, Uneven, Musically accomplished, Humane, Touching

See it if you want to experience a deeply affecting tale of inexplicable generosity in the bleakest of times—& the music is pretty great too.

Don't see it if you are looking for light fare or traditional drama.

Also We are told near the end of "Refuge" that Albania is the single Europe... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a play with music that focuses on one of the darkest periods in history. Great ensemble work, creative direction.

Don't see it if stories about the Holocaust disturb you.

79
Thought-provoking, Great story, Very good acting, Very good music

See it if Want to be surprised with the story you haven’t heard

Don't see it if Your a Holocaust denier

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a student of history or appreciate greater theater. Plase see below.

Don't see it if All.you like are big ticket musicals.

Also This play has everything-singing, dancing, intelligent believable dial... Read more Read less

72
Dizzying, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like small productions aout saving Jews from the Holocaust, talented actors who also sing Jewish melodies.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with a physical portrayal of events in a foreign language that doesn't clearly explain what is happening.

90
Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you like shows that portray a beautiful and moving story in a unique way. Everything from the staging to the acting was impeccable!

Don't see it if you don't like stories about the Holocaust, or you don't like plays that contain foreign languages.

80
Ambitious, Resonant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if Contemporary story of Jewish refugees fleeing from persecution. Good acting. Interesting music.

Don't see it if Not fluff entertainment. A story for our times today, just different ethnic group. Can be intense. Some laughs.

90
Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in some unknown piece of history that has great relevance today, and enjoy a great ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if You are done with anything connected to the Holocaust and the thought of a second language on stage makes you run for the hills.

85
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a provocative story with excellent acting.

Don't see it if you find it hard to deal with the Holocaust.

Also I would have liked to see titles for the non-English dialog. Also the ... Read more Read less

88
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Touching story that reminds us what it means to use our humanity... creative script is crisp and fresh... excellent story telling

Don't see it if if you don't like to focus for the first approximate 1/2 hour before you understand what exactly is happening.

90
Emotional, Powerful, Beautiful, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy history, stories of strength & hope. Drama w some interpretive dance & some music. A deeply moving story in several languages.

Don't see it if you would prefer to see a musical or want to see something light and fun.

94
Relevant, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to learn about little-known "righteous Gentiles" of the Holocaust, with wonderful singers and musicians.

Don't see it if Foreign language dialogue confuses you; you don't feel a connection to intimate, intense family drama.

100
Intelligent, Must see, Intense, Great staging

See it if This is a unique portrayal of a little know important part of WW II personal history. Everyone should see this.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this play.

60
Needs translation, Needs rewriting, Not well directed, Disappointing

See it if If you speak both English and Albanian, you would get more out of this show. About half of the dialogue is in Albanian with no supertitles.

Don't see it if You like great drama, great acting or great writing. Not well written or directed, half of the dialogue is in Albanian with no supertitles.

Also If you go, sit on the left side or center (as you face the stage). The... Read more Read less

89
Relevant, Profound, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Two theater companies, full of talent, have collaborated to shine a light on a little known story very relevant today.

Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason not to see this compelling storytelling with great acting and music.

90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be encouraged by learning about a country where many citizens helped Jews during the Holocaust

Don't see it if You're not at all interested in Holocaust related theatre

100
Relevant, Profound, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are concerned about caring for our human family, and if you enjoy learning about other cultures and values.

Don't see it if You aren't human

95
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if This is an amazing story which takes difficult material and carefully presents it to the audience as it would have been experienced by the

Don't see it if I frankly don't know why anyone should not see this show. It is an important slice of life and is as important today as it was then.

Also Polish refugee family members themselves. In this regard, many portion... Read more Read less


May 6th, 2019
"Albanians have an untranslatable word, 'besa,' which encompasses faith, hospitality, family, pledging responsibility...'Refuge' plumbs the many nuances of the ancient custom of 'besa'...Jessica Burr and Florent Mehmeti help show how desperation and sadness can quickly change to relief. The Kosov...
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May 3rd, 2019
“A powerful and moving tale of survival during the Holocaust...While ‘Refuge’ contains some pretty heavy subject matter, the play manages to inject some light-heartedness. The scenes where language is a barrier are some of the most delightful...These cross-cultural scenes are not just funny, they...
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