"There are belly laughs, and there are underbelly laughs; in hysterical one-acts... Simonian offers both by the heap." -Pitch Weekly
Where Instinct & Reason Collide
Genre: collection of one-acts
Keyword: guns, strip clubs, police, garden of Eden
Synopsis: A collection of four one-act plays that center on the deterioration of the human race. It all begins in the hopes of a pure future for all, but quickly highlights the de-evolution of our species. The four one-act titles are: HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW, AT THE FEET OF DOVES, THE STING OF LOVE and COMFORTABLE IN YOUR SKIN.
World Premier: The Unicorn Theatre - Kansas City, MO - 2008
Seattle Premiere: Annex Theatre - Seattle, WA - 2010
October 30, 2008 By ALAN SCHERSTUHL Publication: Pitch Weekly
There are belly laughs, and there are underbelly laughs; in hysterical one-acts such as "The Sting of Love" (about men gabbing in a holding cell after being busted for solicitation) or "Daily Grind" (about the nexus of business and politics backstage at a strip joint), Simonian offers both by the heap.
June 10, 2010 Publication: Seattle Weekly
Simonian...grapples with topics that don’t usually arise in polite conversation–homicide and sex crimes, for example–and doesn’t hesitate to make us laugh at them. The production (the Seattle debut of Simonian’s work) deftly combines powerful acting with witty content; where artists often overdo wit, these performers shine.
FOR RON SIMONIAN LIFE IS A PLAY INSPIRED BY LISTENING TO THE 2 A.M. COFFEE CROWD
October 12, 2008 Publication: The Kansas City Star
Moriarty said he likes working on Simonian's material because of the way he uses language. "His writing is completely real and hyper-real at exactly the same time," Moriarty said. "It's almost poetic at times, but at the same time I could stand on a street corner in New York City and hear people talk exactly the same way." More
RON SIMONIAN’S MANLY MEN NAIL LIQUID MORALITY; METROPOLITAN ENSEMBLE THEATRE FIZZLES WITH THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING
November 6, 2008 By ALAN SCHERSTUHL Publication: Pitch Weekly
Simonian is as funny as ever... It's funny, it's shocking, and it can't tell the difference between telling hard truths and being an asshole. It's mean and personal in ways that live theater too rarely is, and its raunch — never cut with sentiment — makes all those Judd Apatow movies go home and cry.
SOLID CAST GIVES WEIGHT TO UNICORN'S 'LIQUID MORALITY'
November 8, 2008 Publication: The Kansas City Star
Nobody's writing plays quite like the three onstage at the Unicorn Theatre. The sheer audacity of the subject matter makes them interesting. Simonian's rapid-fire dialogue holds our attention, and the broad performing styles of his actors contribute to a unique theatergoing experience. Simonian's talent is self-evident, but these actors bring a lot to the table...they accentuate the best qualities of Simonian's craftsmanship and make a convincing argument he's a writer to keep an eye on. More
THEATER: NASTY, BRUTISH, AND SHORT A QUARTET OF PLAYS ABOUT THE BANALITY OF EVILDOERS
June 17, 2010 By BRENDAN KILEY Publication: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
There are no good guys. Liquid Morality, a quartet of grisly short plays by Ron Simonian, won't win any Tony Awards, but it has a few moments that will lodge themselves in your skull. More