Refuge
86

Refuge NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(19 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
5%
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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.

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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. Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

Theatre is Easy
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 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."
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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 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.”
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