Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

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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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. 


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90
TheaterScene.net

"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

85
Theater Pizzazz

"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

81
Front Row Center

"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

70
Theatre's Leiter Side

"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


90
Absorbing, Clever, Epic, Great acting

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90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

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..

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like dream sequences

Don't see it if you don't need to be entertained

86
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.

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Deeply touching, Absorbing / enchanting, Clever / new / refreshing

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.

Also This show is ALL HEART.... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are interested in an absorbing relevant story of two friends who live through and survive a horrifying part of history.

Don't see it if your not open minded.

81
Absorbing, Beautifully acted, Compelling, Imaginative, Emotional and potent

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..

Also This is a beautifully staged play with stunning moments of inspired th... Read more Read less

78
Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoy new plays, period pieces, history

Don't see it if are not interested in a bit of history in your evening of theatre

Also I thought this was a very respectable piece of theatre with many wonde... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if If you want to see good acting and a story about a difficult time in history.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that jump back and forth in time.

75
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.

73
Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

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

Don't see it if Circular stories annoy you

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow

See it if great acting, learning about the Armenian genocide

Don't see it if slow, confusing acters constantly flip in and out from generations, difficult subject, sparse set

61
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

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.

90
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a moving experience and a tour de force performance by Nicole Ansari.

Don't see it if you don't have empathy.

Also Great little show. Very powerful and moving. All actors are very good.... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

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!

100
Great acting, Moving, Beautiful writing, Universal themes

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

Also beautifully portrays the horrifying and moving history of Armenians wh... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Great staging

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

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if want to learn more about obscure history of the armenian genocide told in an imaginative setting

Don't see it if deny the Armenian Genocide existed.


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