Cardboard Piano

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Reviews: 6

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Against the backdrop of Uganda's civil war, the union of the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl is disrupted by violence. Hansol Jung's haunting drama confronts the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness and love. (Recommended for mature audiences, ages 16 and up.) May 3 – May 20, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. 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.

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Reviews

"In my opinion, Long Beach's International City Theatre artistic director, caryn desai has a genius for selecting and staging plays that are fail-safe, in so far as proving fully satisfying experiences for her devoted subscription holders; retirees who probably still have LP collections and have been complaining about the price they pay at the pump since gas was seventy-five cents per gallon. Catering to such a group is not as easy a task as you might think. It requires acute judgment and a committed attentiveness to the sensibilities and standards of those purchasing season tickets and in this desai is an ace."

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


"Kudos to ICT for having the courage to mount this noteworthy premiere."

sweet - Chris Carpenter - Grunion Gazette - ...read full review


"Guided by the highly capable hand of director Caryn Desai (who was recently named California State University Long Beach's 2018 Distinguished Alumna), the four actors engage this riveting story with pitch-perfect emotion."

sweet - Anita Harris - Signal Tribune - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"After all the fraught tension has exploded, in this challenging play with four actors and six characters, will it dissipate, or will the cycle of hatred simply reproduce its venom from generation to generation? Does forgiveness mean the same thing for the forgiver and the forgiven? Perhaps not."

sweet - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


"...Jung and ICT's devastatingly powerful staging deliver valuable and vibrant lessons about love, religion, violence and forgiveness."

sweet - Eric Marchese, Press Telegram - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Uganda may be over 9000 miles away and its people's lives every bit as distant from our own, but Cardboard Piano will have you reflecting on its characters, its themes, and the world in which it unfolds long after the lights have dimmed. This is L.A. theater at its compelling, thought-provoking best."

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


"In my opinion, Long Beach's International City Theatre artistic director, caryn desai has a genius for selecting and staging plays that are fail-safe, in so far as proving fully satisfying experiences for her devoted subscription holders; retirees who probably still have LP collections and have been complaining about the price they pay at the pump since gas was seventy-five cents per gallon. Catering to such a group is not as easy a task as you might think. It requires acute judgment and a committed attentiveness to the sensibilities and standards of those purchasing season tickets and in this desai is an ace."

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


"Kudos to ICT for having the courage to mount this noteworthy premiere."

sweet - Chris Carpenter - Grunion Gazette - ...read full review


"Guided by the highly capable hand of director Caryn Desai (who was recently named California State University Long Beach's 2018 Distinguished Alumna), the four actors engage this riveting story with pitch-perfect emotion."

sweet - Anita Harris - Signal Tribune - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"After all the fraught tension has exploded, in this challenging play with four actors and six characters, will it dissipate, or will the cycle of hatred simply reproduce its venom from generation to generation? Does forgiveness mean the same thing for the forgiver and the forgiven? Perhaps not."

sweet - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


"...Jung and ICT's devastatingly powerful staging deliver valuable and vibrant lessons about love, religion, violence and forgiveness."

sweet - Eric Marchese, Press Telegram - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Uganda may be over 9000 miles away and its people's lives every bit as distant from our own, but Cardboard Piano will have you reflecting on its characters, its themes, and the world in which it unfolds long after the lights have dimmed. This is L.A. theater at its compelling, thought-provoking best."

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