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

By Sanaz Toossi
Co-Directed by Anahita Dehbonehie & Guillermo Verdecchia
A Co-Production with Soulpepper Theatre Company


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

Please note that the Sunday matinees and Tuesday evenings will be masking mandatory to welcome patrons who may be more comfortable around others who are masked.


“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.”

Content Advisory 
The Segal Centre acknowledges that some content may be difficult for some people. We want to provide audiences with the information to care for their well-being and decide what is appropriate for their children. Should you be unsure based on the advisory, please contact us and we will be happy to help you with you decision. 

Age-based restrictions are recommendations only. 

Please note that babes in arms or children under the age of two (2) are not permitted in the theatre unless expressed permission is given by the theatre.  

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Themes include language & identity politics, cultural assimilation and discrimination
  • Some strong language


Poster artwork features Ghazal Azarbad of English


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