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Reviews of 9 Parts of Desire

February 20, 2020

What Audiences are Saying

“Great material and fabulous acting - best play of the season!”

“Incredibly impactful. Makes me face something I haven’t given a lot of thought to as an American.”

“Powerful, beautiful writing and performance.”

“Stunning performance!!!”

National Acclaim

“Don’t miss this amazing theatrical experience!” –Gloria Steinem

“An example of how art can remake the world” –The New Yorker

“A moving portrayal of Iraqi women ... exquisite, passionate and penetrating.” –Los Angeles Times

“Riveting ... Raffo’s women, each uniquely colorful, merge to from a complex portrait of modern Iraqi identity.” –Time Out New York

“A highly absorbing 90 minutes with equal parts intellectual heft and raw human compassion.” –Chicago Tribune

“The voices are a study in contrasts: vivid and subdued, sophisticated and naïve, seductive and standoffish. But they cohere to form a powerful collective portrait of suffering and endurance.” –The New York Times

The words cut bone deep. It took nearly 10 years of research to give voice to these profoundly moving stories.”–Entertainment Weekly

Local Acclaim — Reviews from the 2008 Production by CoHo and Cygnet 

“9 Parts of Desire is one of the most compelling pieces of solo theater you will ever see on a Portland stage.” –Portland Mercury

“Raffo's script puts faces and emotions on the side of the Iraq War that Americans seldom see.” –The Oregonian

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