A Splintered Soul

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Reviews: 10

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A gripping drama about war refugees haunted by the death of their loved ones — and by memories of the things they had to do to survive. It's 1947 in San Francisco, home to a group of resettled Holocaust survivors from Poland whose very existence depended on blurring the lines between right and wrong. It is there we meet Rabbi Kroeller and a group of morally starved refugees as they seek to define their existence in this new, tidy post-war America. How can these splintered souls adapt to a new life in a new land, where all the rules have changed? Oct. 18 – Nov. 4, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.; $35-$49; International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. For tickets and info call (562) 436-4610 or go to InternationalCityTheatre.org.

Reviews

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The best and the worst that can be said of A Splintered Soul is that it is a crafted work, but not a theatrical work.

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


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Nothing less than mastery could be expected from an International City Theatre (ICT) production, and A Splintered Soul, written by Alan L. Brooks and directed by Marya Mazor, is no exception. This production is a win for the entire creative team, from lights and sound, to props and costumes– and a huge success for casting director Michael Donovan.

sweet - Paige Pelonis - Signal Tribune News - ...read full review


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The ending takes a stunning and surprising twist. I give this play three stars for the superb acting of all cast members.

sweet - Wilfred M. Phillips Jr. - Long Beach Times - ...read full review


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Weinberg brings the inner torture to life with every line, every change of expression. The rest of the cast is strong as well, with Louis A. Latorto particularly strong as the American Jew who has become a judge — both literally and metaphorically. The set by Yuri Okahana contributes to the mood, and a wire fence at the back of the stage is used to good effect... Powerful, yes; happy, no.

sweet - Harry Saltzgaver - The Grunion - ...read full review


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The script's many faults don't prevent the cast from delivering Brooks's dialog in earnest. And while they can be a bit too earnest at times..., they get an “A” for effort. Lotorto is particularly good in an angry exchange with the rabbi. Director Mayra Mazor also does solid work, keeping things from being too static in a play that could easily fall victim to being too talky.

sweet-sour - Greggory Moore - Random Lengths News - ...read full review


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The entire cast does remarkable work, astutely and knowledgeably directed by Marya Mazor and it all adds up to a soul-searching but never morbid, experience.

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


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A script with good intentions, about people with endlessly debatable intentions, has hit the stage at International City Theatre in Long Beach, where it proves that fine acting and economic direction can elevate problematic material.

sweet-sour - Dany Margolies - OC Register - ...read full review


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It's not a bad premise, but its execution is fatally flawed, with playwright Alan L. Brooks simply skipping over any plot point or substantive question that gets in the way of where he wants to go... The script's many faults don't prevent the cast from delivering Brooks's dialog in earnest.

sour - Greggory Moore - Random Lengths News - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Under the keen direction of Marya Mazor, the cast is spellbinding. I especially appreciated the performances of Mr. Weinberg, who utterly transforms himself in the distinctly opposite characters of Sol and Leo, as well as that of Ms. Falk who is irritatingly brittle and haughty as Sadie, warm and loving as the spirit of the Rabbi's dead wife Sarah, and urbane and sympathetic as Countess Minassi... A Splintered Soul, produced by caryn desai, is superior theatre in all aspects.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

World War II Holocaust survivors and Los Angeles theater audiences deserve far better than the preposterously plotted 1940s B-movie melodramatics of Long Beach playwright Alan L. Brooks' A Splintered Soul, a major misfire from the almost always stellar International Theatre.

sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Avatar

The best and the worst that can be said of A Splintered Soul is that it is a crafted work, but not a theatrical work.

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


Avatar

Nothing less than mastery could be expected from an International City Theatre (ICT) production, and A Splintered Soul, written by Alan L. Brooks and directed by Marya Mazor, is no exception. This production is a win for the entire creative team, from lights and sound, to props and costumes– and a huge success for casting director Michael Donovan.

sweet - Paige Pelonis - Signal Tribune News - ...read full review


Avatar

The ending takes a stunning and surprising twist. I give this play three stars for the superb acting of all cast members.

sweet - Wilfred M. Phillips Jr. - Long Beach Times - ...read full review


Avatar

Weinberg brings the inner torture to life with every line, every change of expression. The rest of the cast is strong as well, with Louis A. Latorto particularly strong as the American Jew who has become a judge — both literally and metaphorically. The set by Yuri Okahana contributes to the mood, and a wire fence at the back of the stage is used to good effect... Powerful, yes; happy, no.

sweet - Harry Saltzgaver - The Grunion - ...read full review


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The script's many faults don't prevent the cast from delivering Brooks's dialog in earnest. And while they can be a bit too earnest at times..., they get an “A” for effort. Lotorto is particularly good in an angry exchange with the rabbi. Director Mayra Mazor also does solid work, keeping things from being too static in a play that could easily fall victim to being too talky.

sweet-sour - Greggory Moore - Random Lengths News - ...read full review


Avatar

The entire cast does remarkable work, astutely and knowledgeably directed by Marya Mazor and it all adds up to a soul-searching but never morbid, experience.

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


Avatar

A script with good intentions, about people with endlessly debatable intentions, has hit the stage at International City Theatre in Long Beach, where it proves that fine acting and economic direction can elevate problematic material.

sweet-sour - Dany Margolies - OC Register - ...read full review


Avatar

It's not a bad premise, but its execution is fatally flawed, with playwright Alan L. Brooks simply skipping over any plot point or substantive question that gets in the way of where he wants to go... The script's many faults don't prevent the cast from delivering Brooks's dialog in earnest.

sour - Greggory Moore - Random Lengths News - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Under the keen direction of Marya Mazor, the cast is spellbinding. I especially appreciated the performances of Mr. Weinberg, who utterly transforms himself in the distinctly opposite characters of Sol and Leo, as well as that of Ms. Falk who is irritatingly brittle and haughty as Sadie, warm and loving as the spirit of the Rabbi's dead wife Sarah, and urbane and sympathetic as Countess Minassi... A Splintered Soul, produced by caryn desai, is superior theatre in all aspects.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

World War II Holocaust survivors and Los Angeles theater audiences deserve far better than the preposterously plotted 1940s B-movie melodramatics of Long Beach playwright Alan L. Brooks' A Splintered Soul, a major misfire from the almost always stellar International Theatre.

sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review