Mention My Beauty at Pangea

A scene with Leslie Ayvazian from Mention My Beauty at Pangea. Photo by Conor Weiss
A scene with Leslie Ayvazian from Mention My Beauty at Pangea. Photo by Conor Weiss

NEW YORK – Mention My Beauty at Pangea

There is an amazing happening at Pangea in the Lower East Side. It is trailblazer theater artist Leslie Ayvazian’s Mention My Beauty. With Mention My Beauty, the Pangea performance space is stripped down to bare bones with only Ayvazian, a music stand, and the script. It is a full 90-minute piece that reconsiders preconceived ideas about what is theater and what is storytelling.

Mention My Beauty is the true story of Ayvazian; we heard from her about her college years in the tumultuous 60s, the anti-war protests, the women’s movement, and the sexual revolution. The Armenian genocide affected her family (a genocide that continues to this day), her time in SOHO when she hit emotional bottom, meeting her husband of over 50 years, and the birth of their child. It is a tumultuous journey of hilariously deep events that had the packed house literally rolling in their seats with laughter, back-slapping laughter, and experiencing with quiet reverence the tragic truths of her life, like that of Ayvazian’s botched abortion that almost killed her.

Sex is explored from the visage of time, the beauty and delicious discoveries of it, and the horrors, the mistreatment of women, and how we accepted them then and unfortunately still do today. Be good girls; we need to be good girls.

She holds us all in a safe place as she tells us these truths, the heavy reality of the situations, both good and bad.

She brings up questions of family and friends, of womanhood and love. “What is a woman’s place in the world? What is feminism for all of us? What is the love of a parent?” My table started the evening as strangers and became friends by the end of Mention My Beauty. We remained seated, discussing all that Ayvazian had presented until we were basically kicked out. There is plenty for all to privately ponder as Leslie ponders in public, on stage, with tremendous honesty.

Ayvazian stated,” Her goal is to tell a story with no production values and next to no artifice.” She has succeeded beyond all expectations in the telling of her life!

Mention My Beauty

It’s a must-see!

Mention My Beauty is running every other Tuesday through July. Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance on sale HERE.

Pangea’s deliciously priced Italian-Mediterranean menu is available in the 60-seat jewel-box Cabaret Room, where, in addition to the cover charge, there is a food and beverage minimum of $20 per person.


178 Second Avenue (between 11th & 12th Streets)
New York NY
For more info, call 212-995-0900

Readers may also enjoy our reviews of HOME by the Roundabout Theatre Company, The Welkin by the Atlantic Theater Company, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse,  Lempicka at the Longacre Theatre, Cabaret at the Kit Kat ClubSuffs, and The Two Hander.

Mention My Beauty at Pangea


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