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A Piece of My Heart (The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company)

Members say: Absorbing, Slow, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious
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The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company presents this drama, based on true stories, about six courageous women who were sent to Vietnam, and their struggles to make sense of the war that irrevocably changed them.

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Five nurses and a country western singer are booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.

 

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Stage Buddy

"The play touches on all the myriad aspects of the Vietnam War...Her inclusion of the stories of LeeAnn and Steele is particularly important as it was only in recent years that veterans of color have been depicted at all, and even more rare are the stories of women of color in the military...All in all, this is an important piece detailing what cannot be absorbed in a history book, if military women's stories are in it at all." Full Review

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Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Slow, Loooong

See it if you like the structure of a war story (Vietnam) told thru several characters' (nurses') eyes. APOMH tried hard, but it was clunky.

Don't see it if you require a polished performance. Most of the acting is solid, but the staging and lighting was not. Using the sound sticks added little.

Also The six actresses/two actors worked hard, but the script is long, repe... Read more Read less

55
Flat, Lifeless, Slow, Cramped, Well intentioned

See it if You're a fan of Shirley Lauro's work & care to hear what sounds like an uncut reading of her script in an evening that's more tell than show

Don't see it if You don't know the story; much is belabored & much won't be clear. Also, if you're familiar with any other versions, this will fall short.

Also Director Gordon has managed to make the worst of an awkward and diffic... Read more Read less

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Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Dated

See it if you can sit through 2 1/2 hours of a rather dated play about the effects of the Viet Nam war on Army nurses. Engaging in act 1.

Don't see it if you don't want to learn more about the effects of the Viet Nam war on female nurses, and the resulting PTSD. Sad story but a bit overdone

100
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Want to see a play on the untold stories of women in war.

Don't see it if Are sensitive to war drama.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you like personal experiences of women (4 nurses, 1 intelligence officer, 1 singer) before, during and after the Vietnam War.

Don't see it if you do not want to be confronted with horrors of war.