Two Armenian women, survivors from 1915, are transported with their families into the 21st century future in this new play that highlights Armenian-American history. More…
Set in three-time periods, the play is inspired by the true stories of survivors of the Armenian genocide. Using memory, dreams, and music, the story of these women is carried into the present day to celebrate the endurance of the human spirit.
"Van Dyke has created a powerful time shifting dream play with her haunting drama...Superbly realized by its highly theatrical presentation containing Nicole Ansari’s towering performance and the work of a dynamic cast...Van Dyke has the supreme confidence to offer such a dense, non-linear, and cryptic well-written work...Tiberghein mines the play’s pathos, comedy and mystery with her dazzling staging...An entrancing theatrical spectacle." Full Review
"The script’s fluidity in time and dimension is aided by the creative hand of director Lucie Tiberghien. She often floats and twirls her actors onto the stage...More than a play, it is a rich cultural event. The mood has been wonderfully heightened by injections of music from a civilization that was all but wiped out...'Daybreak' is an admirable addition to the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s 41st season, fulfilling the mission to tell the stories of those seldom heard." Full Review
"The fantastical aspect of this show is both its crown jewel and its Achilles heel. The dream space ruptures time and space...Though it is an effective storytelling mechanic and adds to the show's originality, it also introduces areas of maintenance within the script that, if not dealt with, can be risky or problematic...A work as ambitious and experimental as 'Daybreak' is bound to experience a few bugs, but in the end, it is a strong piece that...inspires confidence." Full Review
"Difficulties arise when the dream/reality structure creates confusion about the where, when, and who of the action, including which parts are happening at the time of their enactment, and which are memories or dreams. Moreover, the conceit is hard to sustain for the 2018 scene, whose contents are more fantasy than dream…Some of the muddle could be ameliorated by a more imaginative staging…Emotionally moving…Ansari is outstanding as the proud, defiant, bitter, and maternal heroine." Full Review
See it if Important relevant play of topical interest about mostly unknown historical event. Great acting
Don't see it if Not interested in historical drama..Can't relate past & present history & serious issues..
See it if Past memories, present events & future hopes simultaneously tell of Armenian genocide-story must be retold to ensure it never happens again.
Don't see it if You don’t care for theatre with important, but painful emotional impact.
See it if you'd be open to a serious, touching, loving, intelligent, true-story drama. Slightly confusing @ first, then settles & gets going quickly.
Don't see it if you can't handle the truth. Hard not to feel the actors' emotions, nor be touched by their real tears. Well-written & beautifully performed.
See it if Want a powerful/riveting drama about little discussed Armenian/Turk history. A dreamscape of memories, tragedy, family connections, love.
Don't see it if Want linear, clear story w/o time-jumping or implausibility. Are ok w magical, dreamy plot, staging, direction. Uncomfortable truths here..
See it if The history of Turks versus Armenians is fascinating, unlike this play. The acting is outstanding while the play's three acts feel lost.
Don't see it if The emotions the cast displayed with such conviction despite a rather confusing narrative of the past and muddled future is outstanding.
See it if Great acting and subject matter which was relevant and absorbing!!!
Don't see it if Constant going back and forth between present and past and with same actors playing different characters somewhat confusing!
See it if you want to see creative work about important and universal themes
Don't see it if you have know interest in real stories from history or must have a completely linear storyline
See it if Deals with an intense subject of the Armenian genocide that is informative and so intensely acted that you are educated and entertained.
Don't see it if Dramas with heavy topics scare you
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