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A Brimful of Asha

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Soulpepper Theatre Company presents Ravi Jain's autobiographical play about arranged marriage.

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Soulpepper resident artist Ravi Jain shares the stage with his real-life non-actor mother, Asha, as they tell their respective sides of her attempt to arrange his marriage. Presented in association with Why Not Theatre. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.

 

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80
Theatre is Easy

"Asha isn't a born performer, but she is funny and ultimately has the audience in the palm of her hand...Jain is a skilled storyteller and deserves props as a writer...A couple of small cuts could be made early to get the family to India sooner without any of the setup of their relationship being sacrificed...'Asha' is a charming production with an unlikely comedic duo that also provides a window into the subject of arranged marriage...It's a welcome introduction to another culture." Full Review

85
The Telegraph (UK)

for a previous production “A warm, intimate and very funny show…Their delightful double-act strengthens as the show continues…While, at times, the pair’s delivery makes it is impossible to ignore the scripted nature of their ‘off-the-cuff’ bickering, for the most part, one is too busy laughing to care…In the end, its refusal to simplify matters proves the show’s greatest strength...We come to understand at least some of the complexities, pressures and frustrations of this most personal of culture clashes.” Full Review

80
The New York Times

for a previous production “Pioneering in its intimacy and yet unapologetically heartwarming, Ravi Jain’s play is a beguiling blend of old and new styles, which fits the material beautifully…The layers upon layers of performance that take place within any family constellation, on and off the stage, take on invigorating life here. But Ravi’s performance suffers in surprising ways from Asha’s presence…Set against Asha’s unforced charm, these techniques can come across as overly scripted.” Full Review

80
The Toronto Star

for a previous production “Asha is simply wonderful as herself: a clever, subtle woman with an impish sense of humor and a smile that lights up the whole theatre…There are very funny moments, furious arguments and—for some of us—unusual and very intimate insights into Indian culture and mores. The piece is weaker, ironically, when it tries to become more theatrical, attempting to recreate a scene rather than relying on storytelling...The deep affection that the two of them have for each other shines through everything.” Full Review

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93
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if What a happy show! A wonderful play that reveals the commonalities of all cultures and families from one family's point of view.

Don't see it if There is no reason to not see it - Ahsa steals the show!

86
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if You like to explore other cultures, or even just a typical mom and son relationship. If you want more reality than typical storytelling.

Don't see it if If a stand up comedy set up does not interest you.

Also I wish they did not just dwell too much to just one story of parents g... Read more Read less

73
Funny, Delightful, Relevant, Cute, Fluffy

See it if you want to see something semi-spontaneously performed; enjoy being a part of the show

Don't see it if you want scripted and professional only acting; don't care to learn about other cultural experiences

Also Ravi and his (real-life) mother, Asha, welcomed us to the theatre and ... Read more Read less

89
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy quirky theater that keeps your interest

Don't see it if Wish for a traditional play

95
Funny, Delightful, Resonant, Entertaining, Great story-telling

See it if The charming banter between a son and mother over the son's failure to wed and the family's efforts to fix that is sufficient entertainment

Don't see it if You need traditional multicharacter play with suspenseful plot and elaborate staging.

82
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, A fun enjoyable show

See it if you like to laugh and enjoy being fed Samosas and Chai Tea before (and after) the show...

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding a sometimes thick accent...

77
Funny, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy generational conflict. Your favorite part of Master of None is Aziz Ansari's real parents.

Don't see it if You want dynamic action. You prefer to watch the story happen rather than watch storytellers.

78
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you are 1st-generation American (from any culture) and have wrestled with old- vs new-country conflict, or love storytelling of any kind

Don't see it if you are looking for a scripted play -- this is a real-life mom and son retelling the true story of a major source of conflict in their lives

70
Funny, Entertaining, Real mother-son pairing, Inter-generational/cross-cultural story

See it if you like stories of intergenerational & cross-cultural differences. FYI it's an on-the-surface telling, you won't learn of much underneath.

Don't see it if you'd like a comparison of old vs. new ways. This is really a "new ways are better" kind of show.

Also I've lived in India. When I first moved there, I thought arranged marr... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Engaging

See it if You enjoy the humor of how 2 different cultures clash between a mother and son. Not really a play but a lot of fun.

Don't see it if You are looking for a straight forward play.

85
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a cute show with a heartwarming tale showcasing a relationship between mother & son.

Don't see it if this kind of a show doesn't seem appealing.

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want a good laugh this comical show will do the job.

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents.

86
Funny, Delightful, Quirky

See it if Humorous family story. Get to love both mother and son, while learning about Indian culture.

Don't see it if Looking for serious play.

96
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a funny heart warming story about a mother son relationship. Must see.

Don't see it if There is no reason not too see this, unless you only want to see a musicals!

81
Funny, Delightful, Great writing, Charming, Entertaining

See it if you want a charming, funny story - warmly told by the two actors who actually experienced their tale. Truly warm, wonderful theater.

Don't see it if you want something big and splashy. This is low-key but incredibly engaging and entertaining. Will make you laugh and see universals.

90
Delightful, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in conversational theater and love to hear a funny story.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in expanding your definition of theater or aren't interested in Indian issues.

96
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like human interest stories told in an extremely funny, witty way. This two person narrative was very funny... mom was exceptional!

Don't see it if You don't like a 2 person play. This was extremely well done.

93
Funny, Delightful, Resonant, Hilarious

See it if You love good storytelling and are open to see how a very specific culture has lots of resonance with other cultures.

Don't see it if You want a traditional story with a plot

83
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy storytelling with back and forth banter between mother and son.

Don't see it if you want a lot of action as this all happens at a dining room table.

100
Clever, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Like interesting, clever slice of theater. Well written, well performed. And funny.

Don't see it if You are dull and not a fan of original work

87
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a loving, hilarious and prolonged squabble between a mother and son about whether she or he should choose his own wife.

Don't see it if You can't suspend disbelief and see this argument as occurring in real time-it is well scripted -and if Indian culture is of no interest 2 u

86
Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky, Charming, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a charming duo of real life mother and son bickering about intergenational " cultural " differences.

Don't see it if You look for a " big " production and don't really care about the efforts of a an Indian mother who desperately wants to see his son married

80
Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Charming, Entertaining

See it if you like sweet, intimate shows about family and cultural differences.

Don't see it if you want a big production or big cast.

80
Low key charm, Predictable but entertaining, Limns intergenerational immigrant conflicts with a light touch

See it if The premise appeals: actor joined by nonperformer mother to tell the story of her attempts to marry him to a nice Indian girl of her choice.

Don't see it if You want deeply personal or cultural details; evening could benefit from more emotional revelation than familair setup is prepared to offer

Also Arrive early for free samosas and chai and to greet Ravi and his mothe... Read more Read less

91
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you enjoy fresh new comedies with an excellent script and unconventional actors. Such a treat! We couldn't stop laughing.

Don't see it if You need pomp and a big production.