Photo by Kevin Berne.
With Noura, which runs through Feb. 9, Marin Theatre Company has once again cooked up a thought-provoking production laced with issues like identity crisis, motherhood, marriage and the fragile architecture of what we call home.

For Noura and her family, a Christmas celebration at their home in New York City begins as a toast to their eight years in the United States after fleeing Mosul, Iraq, but then becomes something else entirely, largely driven by the arrival of a visitor who stirs up long-buried memories.

The play is drawing great reviews, with the Marin Independent Journal theater critic Sam Hurwitt noting the characters grappling “with what to keep of their traditions and cultural attitudes from a home that is completely destroyed and never coming back.” Hurwitt lauds Kate Boyd’s lighting and Nihan Yesil’s sound design in punctuating provocative lines with “flickering lights and bursts of sound — talking, tense music — a literal audiovisual representation of post-traumatic stress disorder.”

​In the Pacific Sun, Harry Duke notes that Heather Raffo “packs a lot into her 90-minute examination of a woman on the edge” and serves up “an interesting take on the modern émigré experience.”

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