Tag: Jin Kim

Review: Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas! A Die Hard Musical Parody (Yippee Productions)

Terrance Lamonte Rogers Jr. stars as Carl Winslow in Yippee Ki-Yay Christmas Die Hard Musical Parody      

   

Yippee Ki-Yay Christmas!
 
By
Stephanie McCullough (music/lyrics),
Michael Shepherd Jordan, Alex Garday (book/lyrics)
The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru Jan 12  |  tix: $45  |  more info
       
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December 12, 2018 | 2 Comments More

Review: My Asian Mom 2.0.1.3 (A-Squared Theatre Workshop)

Lovien "Joey" Flores and Ramona Kywe star in A-Squared Theatre Workshop's "Dead Dolls" by Lani T. Montreal, directed by Giau Truong. (photo credit: Marivi Ortiz)        
       
My Asian Mom 2.0.1.3

Conceived by Mia Park 
Directed by Jin Kim
at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru July 20  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
       
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July 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: My Asian Mom (A-Squared Theatre Workshop)

A scene from "Eight Turkey Sandwiches" by Mia Park. (photo credit:  Mari Ortiz-Shoda)       
      
My Asian Mom 

Conceived by Mia Park 
at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru May 26 July 7 tickets: $15   |  more info
       
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May 5, 2012 | 3 Comments More

Review: Family Devotions (Halcyon Theatre)

     
Mia Park and Arvin Jalandoon in Family Devotions - Photo by To_0006
Family Devotions
 

Written by David Henry Hwang 
Directed by Jenn Adams
Greenhouse Thtr Center, 2257 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Sept 4  | tickets: $18-$25  | more info

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August 13, 2011 | 1 Comment More

REVIEW: Bubble Tea Party (Stir-Friday Night)

   
   

Stir-Friday Night celebrates 15 years

 

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Stir-Friday Night presents
   
Bubble Tea Party
     
Written/Performed by the Company
Directed by Pat McKenna
Chicago Center for the Performing Arts
777 N. Green St., Chicago (map)
Through Nov. 20  | 
Tickets: $15  |  more info

Reviewed by Leah A. Zeldes

It’s been 15 years since the late Quincy Wong and Keith Uchima founded Stir-Friday Night. The troupe got its start after a group of Asian-American actors met through Jade Monkey King, a musical Uchima created in 1995. The duo decided that Asian-American writers, directors and actors needed a bigger showcase.

"When you saw Asians on stage, they were the doctor guy, the second-banana guy," Uchima recalled at opening night of Stir-Friday Night’s 15th-anniversary revue. So the two men worked to found a company that would feature exclusively Asian-Amerians. Ultimately, that evolved into the sketch-comedy and improv troupe that’s still going strong – Stir-Friday Night.

This current group includes artists, mostly U.S.-born, who trace their heritage to India, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. Their 15th-anniversary show, Bubble Tea Party, doesn’t show everything this company is capable of. Sketch-comedy revues tend to be uneven by their very nature — this one is more so than most.

The cast members all perform very well — when the show suffers, it’s in the writing. Some of the skits are lame — such as a recurring business about Olympic-style "Geisha Games" and an overlong, elaborate sketch of crude puns set in historic England; blue humor doesn’t seem to be this troupe’s strength. Other sketches start with interesting premises but never manage to come together, as in an odd piece that lampoons the Tea Partiers with an Alice in Wonderland theme and one in which a guy tries to convince his friend to eat 25 tacos in 60 seconds.

Undeniably, the company does its best work when it concentrates on the Asian-American experience. Two hilarious skits feature Amrita Dhaliwal playing an immigrant South Asian mother interacting with her American-born offspring.

The show follows up the scripted pieces with some improv, also with mixed results. The lineup isn’t set yet, but the company expects a few alumni to make guest appearances as well.

Stir-Friday Night deserves congratulations for its 15 years, and this show has enough funny moments to be worthwhile, but the troupe isn’t tapping the talent pool of Asian-American comedy writers deeply enough.

   
   
Rating: ★★
   
  

Ensemble: Melissa Canciller, Amrita Dhaliwal, Samantha Garcia, Erica Ikeda, Jin Kim, Christine Lin, Harrison Pak, Avery Lee and Jasbir Singh Vazquez

  
    
November 6, 2010 | 0 Comments More