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  • Lainie Vansant:
    7 Nov. 2022
    This is a lovely play that presents two people with very different viewpoints and treats each of them very seriously. My brain has been chewing on Censabella's words and ideas for a couple of days now and I think this very well may have permanently changed the way I think about young people and their decision-making. It's definitely worth a read or a listen!
  • J.Lois Diamond:
    27 Jan. 2022
    This play is so rich in terms of science, culture and the true meaning of education. The relationship between student and professor transcends all categories we initially place them in. Full of dramatic surprises, I would love to see this produced.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    8 Aug. 2020
    A brilliant exploration of the push and pull effect of science and religion on a young aspiring academic. Through study, a young girl comes alive and dreams of larger things. As a protege, she feels an immense magnitude of loyalty towards her mentor but the situation isn't simple and she has some hard choices to make. Riveting and well done.
  • Doug DeVita:
    8 Jul. 2020
    A haunting, lovely, lyrical work, filled with tension, intelligence, wit, and complex, beautifully realized characters whose choices are not easy, are not always the right ones, but who win our hearts because they are so incredibly alive and human. A rich tapestry of emotional truths, Censabella's "Paradise" is beautiful.
  • Jerry Polner:
    19 Apr. 2020
    In this brilliant and intricately structured two-character play, Laura Maria Censabella gives us a powerful story. Through the distortions of culture, religion, and science, each of the characters are faced with a heart-breaking moral choice.
  • Emily Hageman:
    9 Jul. 2018
    An ASTONISHINGLY beautiful play. I am swept away this story, the language, the characters, the themes... this is an absolutely gorgeous two-hander that whispers when it could shout. The two characters are so incredibly alive and wonderful, their dialogue sparkles with subtext and wit and charm, and the end is absolutely stunning. If you are looking for a play that meets at the perfect intersection of heart and science, look here. Actually, if you are just looking for a wonderful, truly beautiful play, look here. This play will stay with me for some time, I am sure.
  • Talya Kingston:
    3 Jun. 2018
    An impressively multi-layered play full of ideas about science and religion. The relationship between a devout Yemeni teenager and her science teacher/mentor defies stereotypes and audience expectations. Their meditations on science and neuroscience experiments on the nature of love have real life consequences. Left me with a lot to think about.
  • Claudia Barnett:
    7 Apr. 2018
    This is a brilliant play about science and religion, youth and age, hope and fate. Yasmeen is utterly compelling, combining bright scientific genius with unflappable faith. Dr. Royston is equally intriguing, toeing the line between integrity and desperation. With a single set and two characters, this play achieves remarkable complexity, the kind that makes you ponder it for days.
  • Jeffrey Binder:
    13 Dec. 2016
    A beautifully-written, compelling, complex, two-person drama delving into culture, religion, communication, learning, and love. Two rich, deeply engaging characters from different worlds wrestle the complexities of science, faith, and life against the backdrop of a teacher-student experiment in an inner city high school. A funny and heartbreaking exploration of humanity that our audience couldn't talk enough about. Do yourself a favor and give it a read.