REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Made in China” Opened with a ShowScore of 73

Show-Score | Jan 16, 2017
“Made in China,” written and directed by Gwendolyn Warnock and Kirjan Waage, with songs by Yan Li, opened on January 15, 2017 in New York City. “Made in China,” written and directed by Gwendolyn Warnock and Kirjan Waage, with songs by Yan Li, opened on January 15, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

5 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 80.

Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 75
"A surprisingly thoughtful story about the rise of modern China and our relationship to it as American consumers...Warnock and Waage's caffeinated and rigorous staging mostly offsets the effects of the unshorn script...The tone of 'Made in China' is so often derisive that it is difficult to tell when the creators are being sincere...We walk away from the theater with a feeling of profound ambivalence, suspicious of the stuff in our apartments and wanting to know more."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"Wakka Wakka’s madly audacious new show, 'Made in China,' defies labels. It is, somehow, a musical satirical romantic puppet thriller...'Made in China' takes full advantage of the freedom that being a puppet show affords. Seven skilled performers, hidden in black clothes and veils, wrangle Waage’s full-body puppets in a variety of inventive sequences...The show may be a little messy—the personal plot is more sharply defined than the political one—but it’s packed with happy surprises."
Steven Ross
Front Mezz Junkies
ShowScore: 80
"Bright and smart, filled with humor and depth, we aren’t sure where it is going, but we sit back and trust that it will be a fun, wild ride into a thoughtful engaging world...It’s pretty inventive stuff, the journey this talented team of puppeteers takes us on. A tad simplistic at times...the work overall is illuminating. With numerous catchy and surprisingly humorous songs...An adult-aimed puppet show that is captivating and full of surprises and laughs."

“Made in China” was also reviewed by Joel Benjamin of Theater Pizzazz and Jon Sobel of BlogCritics.org.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 40 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 72.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky

Jeryl M, ShowScore: 65
See it if…"You like completely unique shows that are performed by puppets and are somewhat vulgar." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like shows that involve anatomically correct naked puppets, among other things."
Suzanne Zee, ShowScore: 75
See it if…"You love puppets and enjoy an adult-themed show. The puppets, each operated by multiple people, are marvelous. The plot is adult but simple."
Don't see it if…"Propaganda turns you off. The show emphasizes issues of human-rights violations in Chinese factories."
MW, ShowScore: 98
See it if…"You enjoyed 'Avenue Q' and appreciate inventive puppetry, some irreverence, and puppet nudity. Fun, peppy, sweet, contemporary-sounding songs." 
Don't see it if…"You don't want a plot with some global socioeconomic commentary."
 
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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.

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