A Brimful of Asha
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A Brimful of Asha
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A Brimful of Asha NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(86 Reviews)
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Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Clever

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (86)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
80
Endearing, Cliched, Funny, Breezy, Simple

See it if you enjoy stories about Indian match-making (eg Meet The Patels). Good-natured ribbing is the backbone of this intergenerational tug-of-war.

Don't see it if you want a theatrical experience. Here, you "sit" at the Jain's kitchen table. You're prepped by eating samosas and drinking chai. Low-key Read more

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
93
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great writing

See it if You like sharp funny sort of semi-autobiographical stories especially if you like to learn about what's probably a different culture to you.

Don't see it if You don't like being treated as an invited guest, treated graciously and told a lovely story about an Indian family's experience (the son).

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
83
Delightful, Clever, Funny, 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.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
95
Charming, Wonderful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want a charming, sweet story told by mother and son. You will laugh at the humor and warm-heartedness. Bravo! Loved it!

Don't see it if No reason not to. Everyone will enjoy this...unless you have no soul that is...

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
92
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you enjoy warm, funny mother-son stories played by the actual people it happened to, you'd like to learn about wedding customs in India

Don't see it if you don't like immigration stories or those that involve religious customs other than your own, you have mother issues-so maybe you should!

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
76
Thoroughly charming portrayal of indian mother laying on the guilt to/meddling in the life of her canadian-indian son to get married

See it if son-comedian & his actual mother make you feel at home greeting audience, serving samosas and engaging in charming "Burns/Allen" repartee

Don't see it if 4 funnier more complex tale of traditional prearranged Indian marriage vs. modern love match, see "The Big Sick"

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
87
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy an endearing, delightful encounter between a real life mother and son concerning matchmaking. I highly recommend this show.

Don't see it if you prefer serious drama. Read more

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
92
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You want a genuine, charming story about finding love & understanding through a culture clash between Indian parents & their Canadian son.

Don't see it if Unless you just don't like memoir stories, there's no reason to miss this.

Critic Reviews (4)

Theatre is Easy
August 15th, 2017

"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."
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The New York Times
June 5th, 2014
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.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 11th, 2015
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.”
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The Toronto Star
January 28th, 2012
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.”
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