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A Piece of My Heart

Members say: Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant
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Little Spoon, Big Spoon Productions presents a drama inspired by the true stories of women who served in the Vietnam War.

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Based on remembrances shared in Keith Walker's book of the same name, 'A Piece of My Heart' follows six young women serving their country in Vietnam. Spanning 20 years, their stories call up a tumultuous era that changed America forever.

 

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90
Front Row Center

"The actresses inhabit their roles effortlessly, each a portrait of unique experience from very different social backgrounds...Graham’s direction deftly combines nuance with attack, wrestling with tough material from a deeply personal perspective. This play throws you back in your seat. It is intense...As the characters trace a dizzying path across stage in the steady build of the action, you feel the war...'A Piece of My Heart' is a cathartic and deeply moving piece of writing." Full Review

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A Work Unfinishing

“What's remarkable about this production is how immediately urgent it feels, how presently now each moment is…Graham conducts this symphony of the unsung women with grace and subtlety…‘A Piece of My Heart’ isn't an easy play to watch - but it is an essential play to witness. When an ensemble works together so well, shares the space so generously, and moves and speaks with full trust of the support of every player, it's quite beautiful to watch.” Full Review

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85
Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you remember the Vietnam War or want to know about it. Flash though the experiences of women in a war zone both horrors & blessings.

Don't see it if you do not like long & sometimes seriously distressing plays. The theater is awkwardly designed, get there early to sit in the front row.

90
Insightful, Epic, Relevant, Riveting, Empathic

See it if Powerful, eye-opening, visceral experience of service women both during and after the war. The audience was in tears.

Don't see it if You are not interested in intense war stories, and their lifelong human impacts.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you appreciate strong drama with personal stories & political issues;women's war stories with actors as multiple characters;creative staging

Don't see it if you're looking for a light / comedic play; you're not a fan of plays with political messages

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Enjoyable portrayal of different vietnam experiences; well acted

Don't see it if You really hate war and dont want to personalize it through personal stories

88
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy historical drama that pulls no punches.

Don't see it if you're not interested in women's stories

78
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You can listen to the side effects of the brutal vietnam war from the nurses heroes

Don't see it if Can't digest war consequences

64
Ambitious, Relevant, Cliched, Slow, Well intentioned!

See it if You have never seen M.A.S.H. Or if ypu want to support a mostly female production tackling an important topic.

Don't see it if You dont enjoy shows about war and depression.

Also This was a difficult show to score becaise the topic is so important a... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you want to learn about the role of the many unsung heroines of the Viet Nam War; want to see a dramatic story with some very intense scenes

Don't see it if details of the Viet Nam War will bother you, don't want an intense drama which might bring a tear to your eye

Also this greatly performed drama, over 2 hrs, showed the role women played... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Slow

See it if you want to see women portrayed both before and after their wartime experiences in Vietnam by a fine cast

Don't see it if you already understand the pain and problems that took place overseas and after when the men and women returned to America

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Great staging

See it if You want to recognize and understand the roles women played in the Vietnam War. It was poignant, based on true stories and a MUST SEE!!!

Don't see it if You don't want to see an intense, emotionally troubling story. This is NOT light entertainment but sheds light on a different angle of war.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see an amazing performance by some fantastic actors. You want to hear about women who served in Vietnam

Don't see it if You want a light and fluffy performance. You are not interested in hearing about women who served in Vietnam and their challenges.

Also This was so intense and informative. These actors worked so well toget... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You have an interest in the Vietnam war, specifically the role women played. You like plays about real stories. Very powerful and emotional.

Don't see it if You want something light hearted and fun. This is dark and intense, about war.

97
Thought-provoking, Must see, Extremely relevant, Absorbing & intense, Unusually terrific acting

See it if You're up for a riveting, touching & intense evening of bravura performances from an amazing female ensemble (plus 1 male) superbly directed

Don't see it if Sharp, real & raw honesty onstage is too disturbing, or if opinions of 'Nam and/or women—in life, in war—are set in stone. By all means, go.

Also True stories of women signing up to serve in Viet Nam in the 60’s may ... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Intense, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if Interested in the female service woman's experience of the Vietnam war; the play has a lot of heart and treats difficult subjects

Don't see it if At times excessive screaming in a very compact theater space; perspective is rather limited, leaning heavily patriotic with muted criticism

93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if If you like really excellent acting, intense and truthful story, thoughtful look at awful period in our history.

Don't see it if doesn't match your mood that night.

Also Theater was tiny, tiny ... so I only wish that actors had pulled back ... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if As a Viet Nam Marine veteran,i found this play to difficult to score as the play brought back some painful memories.

Don't see it if If you don't want to know what really transpires in war.

98
Absorbing, Riveting, Engaging, Raw, Visceral

See it if you are a fan of series China Beach, are a veteran, historian, someone eager to witness chapter in Vietnam history not frequently explored

Don't see it if you have post traumatic stress disorder as there are moments and sound effects that recreate war explosions. you want something light.

Also You will probably enjoy it if you enjoy shows based on oral history ac... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Delightful, Dizzying, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if If you like history based plays and two part acts with a before and after.

Don't see it if You like using your imagination to imagine scenes in a play

88
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want something deep and meaningful with powerful performances by each character. And, love a small venue to experience it up close.

Don't see it if You are wanting to see something light and fluffy.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see fine actors portray the agony of the Vietnam war and the equally painful transition back to civilian life

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood for painful stories.Some of the frenetic moving about detracted from the words, and the play could have been shorter.

93
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want to see a great ensemble of women actors deliver strong immersive performances about women's experiences during and after serving.

Don't see it if You're not interested in Vietnam, women-centered dramas, if frank discussion of severe war injuries and deaths is too much for you.

Also Very powerful work and production; raw, honest, passionate, harrowing,... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You like intense stories that keep you engaged from beginning to end. Want real stories of women in Nam, with moving directing and acting

Don't see it if War stories bore you. If loud, over the top acting scares you

98
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if want to see some terrific performances by a female driven production with intense and heavy themes. Very moving. Left me emotional.

Don't see it if Weighty themes turn you off. It is set during Vietnam war, afterall.

84
Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Slow

See it if you want to see some incredible storytelling about the women who served in Viet Nam.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for a slow, emotional journey

Also I normally avoid non-union off-off-broadway shows unless they're new w... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you are interested in history and how it impacts generations. The timeliness of Vietnam compared to our current times was so needed.

Don't see it if Traumatic scenes are hard for you to watch. This show is chalk full of emotional drama. It could be triggering for some.