Varsham Gevorgyan in “44 Degrees” BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN Performances of exceptional caliber were the defining feature of the Armenian Theater Festival organized by the Hamazkayin Educational & Cultural Society last week. The triumphs belonged to the talented ranks of the “Sos Sargsyan” ...Read More →
“Sale,” a tragicomedy, will be performed twice during the festival. BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN Hamazkayin, a leading Armenian educational and cultural institution, has a liking for festivals. Its regional wing for the Western U.S. has sponsored several iterations of Mosaic, the music festival featuri...Read More →
“There Is and There Isn’t II” picks up Keshishian's story at the time of her family’s immigration to Soviet Armenia BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN In her first autobiographical solo work, “Ka yev Chka” (There Is and There Isn’t), Anahid Aramouni Keshishian recounted her early life in pre-r...Read More →
Shahe Mankerian and Vahe Berberian (Photo by Avo John Kambourian) BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN Setting a milestone in the evolution of diasporan theater, Armenian improvisational comedy – or “improv” – marked its arrival last Sunday. It arrived, specifically, at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oa...Read More →
Vahe Berberian BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN It’s been five years since Vahe Berberian’s last solo show, “Sagayn” (But), and judging from the sold-out audiences flocking to his latest stand-up comedy routine, “Yeté” (If), he’s been sorely missed. Now playing Thursday nights through August 8...Read More →
Ari Libaridian as Jack and Aram Muradian in drag impersonating Donna Lucia BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN Anyone who feared that the renaming of the Ardavazt Theatre Company last summer would signal a turn away from its history of staging low-brow farces can rest easy. Anyone who hoped that the newly-christe...Read More →
The closing tableau of “Experienced Liars” BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN An article I wrote at last year’s end examined the “balkanization” of Armenian theater – that is, its tendency to serve fragmented segments of the community, comprised of Armenians from Armenia and from Iran (who sp...Read More →
A scene from Aramouni's “Patand” BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN Of late, Khoren Aramouni’s plays have been unflinching examinations of the untenable political circumstances and living conditions in Armenia during the post-independence era. His previous work, “Yedtsentsoom” (Aftershock...Read More →
Vahik Pirhamzei's “Honest Liars” was an exemplar of hybridity BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN After two dismal years, Armenian theater in Los Angeles managed an uptick in both the quantity and quality of productions that graced area stages in 2012. Even when productions were flawed, several ...Read More →
Aram Muradian (l.) as Tavros in “Confinement.” BY ARAM KOUYOUMDJIAN The plays of Gurgen Khanjyan can be catnip for purveyors of sophisticated Armenian theater. A production of “Averagneri Bahagneruh” (The Guards of Ruins) in 2009 was among the theatrical highlights of that year, a...Read More →
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