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A Brimful of Asha

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Members say: Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Clever

About the show

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

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.


Member Reviews (86)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Clever
88
Avg Score

90
Charming, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Original

See it if You love to hear family dynamics explored with heart, humor & originality in an understated production; okay with two-person cast, accents

Don't see it if You need large-scale production & set, polished cast; fidgety with leisurely paced story lines & dialogue; balk at accents & uneven humor

Also Without question, audience is warmly embraced--complimentary samosas &... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Masterful

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.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy warm hearted, funny family entertainment where the time flies by.

Don't see it if you like full scale plays with sets.

Also It was delightful to be greeted by Ravi and Asha, and to be offered de... Read more Read less

96
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see

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!

89
Hilarious, So true, Realistic, Cultural window, Fun and funny

See it if You ever disagreed with your child/parent. If you enjoy sit-com type pacing, repartee and humor.

Don't see it if Fond and gentle mocking of Indian arranged-marriage traditions would offend you. If you hate an absent fourth wall.

93
Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Resonant

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

86
Delightful, Funny, 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.

87
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny

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

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

82
Delightful, Funny, 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...

100
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing

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

80
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Charming

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.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

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.

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if So sad this has ended. What a tour de force by Ravi and his mother. Funny, touching, educational and wonderfully staged. Just superb

Don't see it if you don't like live unscripted reality theater with two wonderfully matched protagonists. You really missed something very good.

96
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

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.

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

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.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

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
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent, Charming

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

95
Touchingly hilarious

See it if Intimate and honest insight portrait of a family where tradition meets modernity created in a very creative format . I never laughed so much

Don't see it if No reason not to.

Also This is the third production we have seen by the Canadian theater comp... Read more Read less

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

89
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if You love to laugh. This show was wonderful!!!

Don't see it if You are not interested in the Indian culture and a mother/son relationship.

70
Entertaining, Real mother-son pairing, Funny, 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

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a heart-warming, hilarious and honest real time meditation on love.

Don't see it if I dunno. See it.

94
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You have ever had a mother.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh at a simple lovely production.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Thought-provoking

See it if You would enjoy a mother and son relate their history and different cultural viewpoints on the subject of arranged marriage.

Don't see it if Get audio headsets if you have problems with Indian accent. Chai tea and samosas were served to audience prior to show--a plus .

Also Soulpepper Group had complimentary cabaret performance after evening s... Read more Read less


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...
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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 lif...
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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, ironica...
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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 refu...
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