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.
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.
"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 Kosovar ensemble members Eshref Durmishi, Ilire Vinca, and Daniela Markaj bring a huge amount of energy to the production, and offer a rare opportunity to experience traditional Albanian songs and dances."
“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 illuminate how so much of communication is nonverbal...’Refuge' serves to shine a spotlight on the plight of refugees everywhere...The story...is beautifully told.”