Diep Tran

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Reviews (24)
Broadway News

"It caused a feeling of loss so palpable that it was like all the oxygen had left the room...Running two hours and 10 minutes with no intermission, “Leopoldstadt” is a lot of play." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"Despite these nit-picks, now is the perfect time to see 'Kinky Boots'. The musical is no longer a simple feel-good tale; it’s an important entreaty for equality." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"If only 'The Kite Runner' on Broadway depended less on the novel and trusted more on its stagecraft. There might have been more moments like this, of flight and transcendence." Full Review

Golden Shield
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"Despite the seeming freedom of the internet, censorship and propaganda is proliferating — not just in China but in America as well. And from ethnic cleansing to hate crimes, there have been deadly consequences in both countries. 'Golden Shield' touches on these issues without adequate space to substantively comment on them." Full Review

Broadway News

"Musical theater tends to paint a portrait of a world that is more beautiful than the one we actually live in — where life is beautiful, the girls are beautiful, even the orchestra is beautiful. With “A Strange Loop,” Jackson is showing the unvarnished truth of what it is to be surrounded by self-doubt and then to finally overcome them. Yes, it’s still a musical, but here, the songs are the sugar that makes the medicine go down." Full Review

Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Broadway News

"in 'Hangmen,' McDonagh is engaging in an extended, two-and-a-half-hour riff on what life may have been like for a professional executioner. And what it seems to entail is joking about subjects that are considered taboo: capital punishment, violence against women, mental illness, death." Full Review

To My Girls
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"Between drinks, dancing, and lip syncing to Katy Perry and the Pussycat Dolls, the friends realize they may have outgrown each other. Friendship breakups are as painful and heartbreaking as romantic breakups, but they are so rarely dramatized. And unfortunately, 'To My Girls' spends less time establishing the bond between why these millennials are friends and more on trading clever barbs" Full Review

Suffs
East Village
New York Theatre Guide

"In entertainment, there is the assumption that women’s stories are small, while men’s stories are universal. Just as the suffragists broke down the doors of the patriarchy, Suffs breaks down the doors of musical theatre, showing that a cast and creative team of mostly women can tell a story that is important, powerful, and about all of us. With Taub leading it, the future of musical theatre is female, and it’s about time." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"Joshua Harmon remarkably explores a century in the life of one Jewish family while folding in 1,000 years of Jewish history. And in a dramatic feat, the play does not collapse under its own weight. Instead, Prayer for the French Republic is a breathtaking work that skillfully balances the humanity of its characters with sprawling history." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"Trouble in Mind may have come to Broadway 66 years too late, but in a time when the American public is currently leaning towards comfort and wanting to hide America’s racist past from the classroom, the play is holding up a mirror to society, especially the sector that considers itself progressive. Sixty-six years ago, society chose to look away. Perhaps the play’s premiere on Broadway is a sign we are finally ready to truly look at ourselves." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"4/5 stars...The brilliance of 'The Woman in Black' is its use of old-fashioned jump scares and an immersive soundscape to make audiences shriek and jump in their seats...The sound design by Sebastian Frost also deserves special mention for its ability to transport the audience to the different locations, while making them jump at the most unexpected moments — these are sound effects you truly feel in your bones." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"It’s an invisible force that traps them there, freezes their limbs, and pulls them back. Call it white supremacy. Call it institutionalized racism. Call it police brutality. Smartly, the play never mentions any of those words, but it doesn’t need to." Full Review

american (tele)visions
East Village
New York Theatre Guide

"Despite the swirling projections and the peek-a-boo sets, at its core, 'american (tele)visions' is a static portrait of a family in pain. There is no absolution or hope, just trauma with no release." Full Review

Oresteia
Upper E Side
New York Theatre Guide

" 'Oresteia' has stripped out most of the references to the gods and their fickle ways. ... Most of the thematic strands that Icke added into this production are so underexplored that they end up muddying the play and undercutting its power and any catharsis." Full Review

Soft
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"Ultimately, 'soft' betrays itself by overly focusing on the dark instead of the light. There are no real moments of compassion and caring until the last few minutes of the play, but by that point, that hardness had formed a crust, and it’s too late for that bit of humanity and light to peek through. Yet 'soft' is a poignant play that, with some more care and time, can grow into something beautiful." Full Review

POTUS
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"Ultimately, 'POTUS' goes for an easy ending by teasing the audience with the possibility of a female president and female retribution. But considering we’re not anywhere near that reality, and women are losing rights to their own bodies as we speak, such overtures of hope ring hollow. Reality is its own farce at the moment, and no one’s laughing." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"For a play about the end of the world, there’s also a surprising lack of tension here. 'The Skin of Our Teeth' shouldn’t just feel like the apocalypse; it should also feel like a theatre troupe putting a play together that keeps going haywire, where a strong wind could knock the production off its axis at any moment. And like their characters, the actors must persevere by, well, the skin of their teeth." Full Review

Broadway News

"Unfortunately, 'The Minutes' is mostly concerned with the interplay between the white men at its center. The women are relegated to broad comic relief or helpers, which is a waste of the skills of Mueller, Blair Brown and Sally Murphy" Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"Unfortunately, for a play about the quotidian joys and heartbreaks of life, Birthday Candles rarely goes beneath the surface. The characters sound less like real people and more like Hallmark greeting cards — such as when an 18-year-old Ernestine proclaims in a line said by no teenager ever: “I am a rebel against the universe. I am waging a war with the everyday. I am going to surprise God!”" Full Review

Broadway News

"Yes, 'Paradise Square' is a bloated, melodramatic musical that could cut 20 minutes off its 2-hour-and-40 minute run time. But as Kalukango sang, I felt that I was watching Broadway history in the making — in years to come, those of us who were in the room will gush, smugly, 'I was there when Joaquina Kalukango tore the roof down at the Barrymore Theatre'...You don’t have to think too hard to understand the class and race parallels between 1863 and 2022, and the musical smartly lets the audi... Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"What Morisseau skillfully does with Skeleton Crew is create a portrait of the lower working class that isn’t bleak, hopeless, or condescending. The characters in Skeleton Crew are in a dire, unfair situation, but that situation does not define them. These are not, in the unfortunate words of New York Mayor Eric Adams, “low skill workers.” When Shanita (a warm, affable Adams) talks about why she takes pride in her job — saying, “I’m building something that you can see come to life at the e... Full Review

The Visitor
East Village
New York Theatre Guide

"The Visitor expects white rage and white awareness to be worth applauding. But we’ve gone past the time when awareness and rage is a milestone. The U.S. has kept migrant children in cages, Syrian refugees drowned at sea trying to escape war: The time has passed for raising awareness. It is time to take that rage and put it into action. That is not to say The Visitor needs to include a call-to-action for fixing America’s broken immigration system. But the musical’s narrow focus just shows... Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"Within the play, Scott also touches on many hot-button culturally specific topics, including homophobia, class divides, fatherhood, and what being a man truly means. It’s an overflowing basket of topics for one play; any of these threads could be a play by themselves, and hopefully they will be. As Thoughts of a Colored Man shows, Scott is able to skillfully write multiple differing viewpoints and his luscious prose should continue to be shared with audiences." Full Review

Chang(e)
Soho/Tribeca
Time Out New York

"Soomi Kim is fearless as Change, simultaneously attracting and repelling the audience with her convictions, while showing a startling vulnerability during the dance sequences. Kim devised the piece with director Suzi Takahashi, creating a work that is not so much a biodrama as a group of fragmented memories...One leaves the play with a sense of melancholy, followed by hopelessness." Full Review