Readers in New York may be interested in a new play by Sanaz Toossi that is now running at the Linda Gross Theater. The play, “English,” is set in an Iranian TOEFL class.  If you are interested in standardized testing beyond just the questions and scores you should check out the play.  Sadly, I am far from New York and won’t be able to attend, but I would love to hear what the readers of this blog think about it.  

Here’s an excerpt from Observer’s article about the play:

Set in 2008 in Karaj, a city an hour outside of Tehran, the play keeps a tight focus on Marjan and four students preparing to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): there’s neurotic medical researcher Elham (Tala Ashe); bubbly teenage Goli (Ava Lalezarzadeh); dryly arch grandma Roya (Pooya Mohseni); and mild-mannered Omid (Hadi Tabbal), a polite fellow who seems to be more advanced than the others. 

It runs until March 20.

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