Winter of 88, presented by Nowadays Theatre for the 2020 Next Stage Festival, invites us into the experience of a family huddled in a Tehran apartment during the Iran-Iraq war. Writer/Director Mohammad Yaghoubi offers up characters we can’t help but love and shows us their disarmingly banal, relatable squabbles. Then, without warning, he drops brutal reminders of the violence erupting around them.
The family has just moved all of their worldly possessions into a new apartment. Boxes are strewn about haphazardly and we open on a brother and sister bickering over ownership of a prized bedroom. The play takes its time to immerse you in the grit of such familiar domestic scenes. And as they unfold, we can examine the generational rifts and cultural expectations that they reveal. Continue Reading