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A Review of Chinglish (Broadway)

By Yael M., December 06, 2011

  • Acting
    4 stars
  • Direction
    3 stars
  • Overall
    3 stars
  • Production
    3 stars
  • Story
    3 stars
  • Writing
    3 stars

I saw Chinglish (Broadway) on 10/28/11. Overall, I'd say it was a 3-star rating. I'd summarize it by saying “A great perspective on culture clash, but a bit to dramatic. I was expecting more comedy.”

I had a good time and left the show feeling thoughtful and wanting to visit China. I'd describe the show as intelligent, funny, and a tad slow. Jennifer lim was a highlight of the show because she was an amazing actress. If this were a movie, I'd rate it PG-13. I would recommend this show to people who travel to other countries a lot but not to kids.

I saw this show because I was invited to see it. I wouldn't see it again. I sat in the left orchestra area of the theater. The view was clear and the seats were a little tight.

The end of the play was much better than the beginning, which was slow to set up. There was an interesting chemistry between Lim and Cavanaugh, but something was still missing to make it totally believable. I wanted to laugh out loud more than I wanted an evening of questioning ethics. The advertising for the show was a little misleading in that way.

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