Daybreak NYC Reviews and Tickets

(19 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the Show

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.

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Member Reviews (19)

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Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Epic

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Good but not quite great. story needs better telling.

See it if You are interested in plays about history. This one the Armenian Genocide.

Don't see it if You don't like serious plays about war and it's aftermath.

Emotional and potent, Compelling, Imaginative, Beautifully acted, Absorbing

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.. Read more

Great acting, Historical basis, Preservation of ethnic heritage, Invites reconciliation

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.

Deeply touching, Thought-provoking, Absorbing / enchanting, Clever / new / refreshing, Great acting

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. Read more

Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You appreciate good acting and are interested in the Armenian genocide

Don't see it if Circular stories annoy you

Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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..

Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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.

Critic Reviews (4)
April 28th, 2018

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 26th, 2018

"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."
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Front Row Center
April 27th, 2018

"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."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
May 13th, 2018

"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."
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