Beast on the Moon

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Richard Kalinoski's haunting and poetic play about two immigrants who escape the Armenian genocide in Turkey to seek refuge in America. In 1921, an Armenian mail-order bride is shipped to Milwaukee to begin a new life with her photographer husband. As they struggle to define family amidst their grief and displacement, these kindred strangers find hope, healing, redemption and love. Winner of the American Theatre Critic’s Association Osborn Award and the Khorenatsi Medal, Armenia’s highest cultural award. Aug. 21 – Sept. 8, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. International City Theatre, located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802;(562) 436-4610; InternationalCityTheatre.org.

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Unfortunately, playwright Richard Kalinoski doesn’t manage to make much of a story out of their struggle, and the emotional resonance he seeks is never really earned. Nonetheless, a couple of nice performances make this International City Theatre production watchable, if uneventful.

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


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As deftly directed by caryn desai, who is not a fan of capital letters, the play should not be missed. ...

In the best possible outcome, both perspectives are enrichened by the experience as art nourishes the living and life gives meaning to artistic expression.

Note: I want to thank Lorraine Ghazarian, Alex Brisbin, and Debbie Brisbin Penko for their willingness to take part in this journey. It proved so rewarding.

sweet - John Lavitt - The Hollywood Times - ...read full review


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In the play, “Beast on the Moon,” its depiction of this travesty is delicate, yet unflinching, and creates a powerful exploration of legacy for many of its survivors. Rich in historical fact, the play not only addresses the deep emotional resonance about love but also the remarkable way humans are able to survive unspeakable pain and tragedy and go on to cobble together a life in spite of it.

sweet - Chris Daniels - The Show Report - ...read full review


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At the helm of this crisp, polished production is director and producer caryn desai [sic], whose cultural awareness and emotional intelligence decisively provides depth to the proceedings while remaining true to playwright Richard Kalinoski’s script.

sweet - Brett Hawkins - Signal Tribune News - ...read full review


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The play’s long scenes draw the audience in. The brief, choppy, interstitial scenes lose us.

But indisputable is the fine quality of the performances.

Keepsakes play important roles in the characters’ lives. Holes are mentioned often. These and other symbols deepen the play’s meaning, reminding us of what’s important in our lives.

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


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“Beast on the Moon” is a delicate meditation on healing. I hope we can all focus on its simple message. We are all broken, we are all holding on, and there is hope.

sweet - Sean McMullen - The Grunion - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Beast on the Moon is a powerhouse of passion delivered by superb performers under the sensitive direction of ICT Artistic Director caryn desai. The interplay between Travis Leleand and Rachel Weck crackles with tension, affection, and conflict.

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


Steven Stanley

If good intentions were all that mattered, then International City Theatre’s production of Richard Kalinoski’s Beast On The Moon would merit raves. Unfortunately, for this reviewer at least, good intentions do not suffice.

sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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Unfortunately, playwright Richard Kalinoski doesn’t manage to make much of a story out of their struggle, and the emotional resonance he seeks is never really earned. Nonetheless, a couple of nice performances make this International City Theatre production watchable, if uneventful.

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


Avatar

As deftly directed by caryn desai, who is not a fan of capital letters, the play should not be missed. ...

In the best possible outcome, both perspectives are enrichened by the experience as art nourishes the living and life gives meaning to artistic expression.

Note: I want to thank Lorraine Ghazarian, Alex Brisbin, and Debbie Brisbin Penko for their willingness to take part in this journey. It proved so rewarding.

sweet - John Lavitt - The Hollywood Times - ...read full review


Avatar

In the play, “Beast on the Moon,” its depiction of this travesty is delicate, yet unflinching, and creates a powerful exploration of legacy for many of its survivors. Rich in historical fact, the play not only addresses the deep emotional resonance about love but also the remarkable way humans are able to survive unspeakable pain and tragedy and go on to cobble together a life in spite of it.

sweet - Chris Daniels - The Show Report - ...read full review


Avatar

At the helm of this crisp, polished production is director and producer caryn desai [sic], whose cultural awareness and emotional intelligence decisively provides depth to the proceedings while remaining true to playwright Richard Kalinoski’s script.

sweet - Brett Hawkins - Signal Tribune News - ...read full review


Avatar

The play’s long scenes draw the audience in. The brief, choppy, interstitial scenes lose us.

But indisputable is the fine quality of the performances.

Keepsakes play important roles in the characters’ lives. Holes are mentioned often. These and other symbols deepen the play’s meaning, reminding us of what’s important in our lives.

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


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“Beast on the Moon” is a delicate meditation on healing. I hope we can all focus on its simple message. We are all broken, we are all holding on, and there is hope.

sweet - Sean McMullen - The Grunion - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Beast on the Moon is a powerhouse of passion delivered by superb performers under the sensitive direction of ICT Artistic Director caryn desai. The interplay between Travis Leleand and Rachel Weck crackles with tension, affection, and conflict.

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


Steven Stanley

If good intentions were all that mattered, then International City Theatre’s production of Richard Kalinoski’s Beast On The Moon would merit raves. Unfortunately, for this reviewer at least, good intentions do not suffice.

sour - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review