Mar 19, 2023 - Apr 02, 2023 | Sylvan Adams Theatre

By Sanaz Toossi

Directed by Guillermo Verdecchia

A heartfelt and humorous look at what gets lost in translation 

“English always!” That is the class rule as four Iranians assemble in a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) classroom in Karaj, Iran. As the class slowly devolves into a linguistic mess, some students cling more tightly to their mother tongues while others chase the promise of new identities. The students play word games, translate Shakira songs, and endure major preposition confusion, and we are left with questions of how much it ultimately costs to fit in.

“Among the best new plays of the season.”New York Theatre Guide

“Critic’s Pick! A rich new play!” – The New York Times

“Fascinating and completely satisfying. Toossi’s implications would be admirable at any time, but it is unquestionably relevant to 2022.” – New York Stage Review


“Language always seems to take centre stage in Montreal. This beautiful play is a reminder that language barriers aren’t as insurmountable as we think and that we can find understanding when we celebrate each other’s differences.”


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