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CHARLES MCNULTY la times says "sweet" · October 19, 2015
Together these performers find the heart that makes “Guards at the Taj” not merely audacious but touchingly so.... full review

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MAYANK KESHAVIAH la weekly says "sweet" · October 20, 2015
Both Barsoumian and Monsef are tremendously talented, as is director Giovanna Sardelli, who expertly employs long silences, nonverbal communication and Pinteresque pauses to allow the actors space to communicate the comedy and wonder in the script.... full review

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PATRICK HURLEY that awesome theatre blog says "sweet" · October 21, 2015
This production is nearly flawless. The beautifully simple scenic design by Tom Buderwitz is wonderfully enhanced by Lap Chi Chu’s elegant lighting. Director Giovanna Sardelli holds all of the elements so together so succinctly, that the play feels like a tightrope walk, where one wrong move and it all collapses. This is also because playwright Rajiv Joseph knows what he’s doing. The script is tight. It’s funny, shocking, eye-opening, and heartfelt. It’s also brief. He keeps it all under 90 minutes. So there’s barely time to catch our breaths.... full review

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INGRID WILMOT will call says "sweet" · October 21, 2015
The shockingly staged events will make you cringe but the show is worth seeing, not only for the stimulating dialogue but for the brilliant performances. ... full review

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DANY MARGOLIES arts in la says "sweet" · October 22, 2015
For the thoughtful theatergoer, who expects to be challenged, this is a must-experience time at the theater.... full review

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TONY NOTUSER stage and cinema says "sweet" · October 26, 2015
Still, this is Joseph’s best work yet, and to find myself choked up and engaged in the theater is a rare treat. Director Giovanna Sardelli finds innumerable moments of comedy and character-driven pathos not in the script; she lets the work breathe and idle, which makes Joseph’s circuitous circuitry easier to digest. ... full review

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SYLVIE DRAKE cultural weekly says "sweet" · October 26, 2015
The West Coast premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj, one of the most eccentric and gripping two-handers in memory. It is nearly new (New York’s Atlantic Theatre mounted the premiere earlier this year), but I can guarantee that it is as unpredictable and as arresting as anything you may have experienced on stage since the recent Waiting for Godot at The Mark Taper Forum. And that is saying plenty.... full review

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WILLARD MANUS total theater says "sweet" · October 27, 2015
Joseph’s two-character drama is small in scope but large in the way it goes deeper and deeper into character, and makes strong, disturbing points about freedom vs. tyranny, innocence vs. evil. The actors give powerful performances, despite having been directed by Giovanna Sardelli to shout their lines.... full review

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