Constantinople

Critics

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94 %

Reviews: 8

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

A brilliant piece of staging…stakes are high and the acting is solid and personal” - Broadway World

The editor of a feminist journal and a guerrilla fighter coordinate missions for the recovery of women and children abducted during the genocide. Crossing into Armenia, to transport supplies and weaponry, has become nearly impossible and their idealism is challenged as the political situation around them takes a darker turn. The "new girls" of this era begin setting their sights on a life beyond the confines of the city, rather than a life of oppression within it. An entire nation teeters on the brink of displacement.

"This story unfolds during the aftermath of World War I, when the city was under Allied occupation. It focuses on the Armenian minority in the post-genocide era, at a time of political intrigue, military struggle, and a burgeoning feminist movement,” explains writer Aram Kouyoumdjian.

The cast includes Eva Abramian (Anna/Lara), Jonathan Fishman (Parsegh), Jade Hykush (Vehanoush), Travis Laughlin (Roupen/Serop), Kristin Mothersbaugh (Zabelle), Luc Rosenthal (Haig), Robert Walters (Shenian/Gorun).

Vista Players originated in Sacramento. The company has long been admired by audiences and press for their high quality stage productions which include William Saroyan: The Unpublished Plays in Performance at Mark Taper Auditorium (in L.A. Central Library – DTLA), Jan Popper Theater (Schoenberg Hall - UCLA); the Ararat-Eskijian Museum (Mission Hills), Happy Armenians (premiered at NoHo Arts Center) at California Stage in Sacramento, The Farewells, Arcadia, and Far Away at Actor's Theatre of Sacramento. “Boundlessly talented…they set the standard by which others were judged,” wrote the Sacramento News & Review. “The classy company elevated [theater] with crisp, intelligent, detail-oriented productions," noted the Sacramento Bee.

“Highly recommended. An extremely significant story...gorgeous writing….remarkable play. The characters are bold and exquisitely formed” NoHo Arts District

Reviews

“Constantinople” is a compelling thought provoking piece of work, with many palpable, stinging reminders of global assailment. It’s an important contribution to a world that has been largely unaware of, and too long denied reminders of, the horrors of genocide.

sweet - Ester Benjamin Shifren - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


There are interesting possibilities here, but nothing is really explored, and the characters — while different in obvious ways — still seem too much like their forbearers for me to recognize them as people I might bump into on the street. Also, the writer/director has once again chosen not to bring in any sounds or images of modern life that might afford us a jolt of recognition. Perhaps another director could have made these scenes more vividly alive. As it is, I admired the characters without ever being drawn into their struggles.

sweet - Stephen Fife - Stage Raw - ...read full review


For about ¾ of the show, the stakes are high and the acting is solid and personal! The beginning scene or two are a tad stiff and slow, but once everyone warmed up, the show sailed like a battleship...full-force.

sweet - Jeffrey Scott - Broadway World - ...read full review


The playwright (who also directs) skillfully guides us through a fascinating, if all-too-brief chapter in Armenian history.

sweet - Tom Waldman - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Constantinople is structured as a series of vignettes accompanied by original dramatic music composed by Ara Dabandjian and Ken Press. The music is quite good, but has the effect of slowing the pace of the action. The playwright, Mr. Kouyoumdjian, directs.

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


Highly recommended. An extremely significant story...I was deeply moved by the strength of Vehanoush in the face of overwhelming odds. Completely transfixed by the performances and the gorgeous writing. The characters are bold and exquisitely formed.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


The plot unfolds as the editor of a feminist journal (the masterful Jade Hykush) and a guerrilla fighter (the exhilarating Travis Laughlin) coordinate missions for the recovery of women and children abducted during the genocide. Stakes are high and the acting is solid and personal! Kouyoumdjian tells the story with a new voice. A modern voice. Today's voice. A brilliant piece of staging utilizes the transitions between the scenes…with original music.

sweet - Jeffrey Scott - Broadway World - ...read full review


CONSTANTINOPLE is a fascinating peek at a slice of history which many American’s probably know very little about. History buffs will really get into this tale. At the same time, this is a very personal story focused on people (some of whom may be patterned on real-life counterparts). Fans of character study and relationships will also find CONSTANTINOPLE an entertaining and fulfilling journey.

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review


“Constantinople” is a compelling thought provoking piece of work, with many palpable, stinging reminders of global assailment. It’s an important contribution to a world that has been largely unaware of, and too long denied reminders of, the horrors of genocide.

sweet - Ester Benjamin Shifren - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


There are interesting possibilities here, but nothing is really explored, and the characters — while different in obvious ways — still seem too much like their forbearers for me to recognize them as people I might bump into on the street. Also, the writer/director has once again chosen not to bring in any sounds or images of modern life that might afford us a jolt of recognition. Perhaps another director could have made these scenes more vividly alive. As it is, I admired the characters without ever being drawn into their struggles.

sweet - Stephen Fife - Stage Raw - ...read full review


For about ¾ of the show, the stakes are high and the acting is solid and personal! The beginning scene or two are a tad stiff and slow, but once everyone warmed up, the show sailed like a battleship...full-force.

sweet - Jeffrey Scott - Broadway World - ...read full review


The playwright (who also directs) skillfully guides us through a fascinating, if all-too-brief chapter in Armenian history.

sweet - Tom Waldman - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Constantinople is structured as a series of vignettes accompanied by original dramatic music composed by Ara Dabandjian and Ken Press. The music is quite good, but has the effect of slowing the pace of the action. The playwright, Mr. Kouyoumdjian, directs.

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


Highly recommended. An extremely significant story...I was deeply moved by the strength of Vehanoush in the face of overwhelming odds. Completely transfixed by the performances and the gorgeous writing. The characters are bold and exquisitely formed.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


The plot unfolds as the editor of a feminist journal (the masterful Jade Hykush) and a guerrilla fighter (the exhilarating Travis Laughlin) coordinate missions for the recovery of women and children abducted during the genocide. Stakes are high and the acting is solid and personal! Kouyoumdjian tells the story with a new voice. A modern voice. Today's voice. A brilliant piece of staging utilizes the transitions between the scenes…with original music.

sweet - Jeffrey Scott - Broadway World - ...read full review


CONSTANTINOPLE is a fascinating peek at a slice of history which many American’s probably know very little about. History buffs will really get into this tale. At the same time, this is a very personal story focused on people (some of whom may be patterned on real-life counterparts). Fans of character study and relationships will also find CONSTANTINOPLE an entertaining and fulfilling journey.

sweet - Elaine Mura - Splash Magazines - ...read full review