Cambodian Rock Band
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Cambodian Rock Band
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Cambodian Rock Band NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(128 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
2%
Negative
1%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the Show

This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia's most infamous war criminals.

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Member Reviews (128)

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75
Loud, Uneven tone, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy rock music &/or intense drama abt Khmer Rouge. Historical scenes compelling. Duch is fascinating; CRB strgest when he's on.

Don't see it if you want cohesive play (tone varies wildly). Upbeat music at end seems wrong. Some wooden dialogue/acting. Still, unusual premise; ambitious

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Really great story, performances and music. Has a little of everything, drama, history, singing. Really enjoyed it.

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for a 2 act play. Aren't in the mood for a serious play.

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
February 24th, 2020

"Partying With the Khmer Rouge in ‘Cambodian Rock Band’: Lauren Yee’s ambitious, tonally mixed play uses bait-and-switch tactics to approach the dark heart of a genocidal regime."
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Time Out New York
February 28th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "Directed by Chay Yew, 'Cambodian Rock Band' doesn't quite hang together as a whole: It relies too much on contrivance and exposition, especially in the modern parts. But there's something both touching and rousing about the way it honors the lost beat of Cambodia's past. It's an act of defibrillation."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 24th, 2020

"Men to Watch in 'Cambodian Rock Band', 'Blues for an Alabama Sky,' and 'The Headlands'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 24th, 2020

"One of the most widely produced new American plays of the current season, Lauren Yee's plugged-in confrontation with genocidal history takes its New York bow in Chay Yew's electric production."
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Variety
February 25th, 2020

"Lauren Yee’s play draws on the music of Dengue Fever to track the fate of a fictional Cambodian band that ran afoul of the Khmer Rouge."
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AM New York
February 27th, 2020

"‘Cambodian Rock Band’ is vibrant, moving, and overstuffed"
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Theatermania
February 24th, 2020

"Lauren Yee's Fabulous 'Cambodian Rock Band' Is the First Great Play of 2020: Yee's award-winning drama comes to the Pershing Square Signature Center."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 2nd, 2020

"'Cambodian Rock Band' is notable for its confident, if shocking, trajectory, from a wisecracking family drama with kicky musical interludes to a struggle for survival under the most pitiless of conditions."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 24th, 2020

"An important play in its efforts to bring to light historical events with which many people in the United States are unfamiliar. In the end, though, the play, overstuffed with ideas and theatricality, does not pack the emotional wallop one might expect."
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New York Stage Review
February 24th, 2020

5/5 Stars. "One of those intensifying dramas that sneaks up and grabs you by the throat, 'Cambodian Rock Band' is a major event of the off-Broadway season."
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New York Stage Review
February 24th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Playwright Lauren Yee discovers melody and meaning in tragedy, in the rockin' production of her 'Cambodian Rock Band'"
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TheaterScene.net
March 8th, 2020

"Lauren Yee has created a fascinating look into a world little known to New York theatergoers. By turns humorous and violent, 'Cambodian Rock Band' reveals some of the personal stories behind the headlines which have already become yesterday's news."
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Theater Pizzazz
February 24th, 2020

"'Cambodian Rock Band' is one of the best productions of the season. Powerful, provocative and yet delightfully entertaining, the sum of its parts is even more valuable. It provides us with an insight into a time and place that should never have existed."
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New York Theater
March 2nd, 2020

"Jarring…disorienting, genre-bending show that shifts tone and time and focus -- and may arguably be the best way, perhaps the only way, Yee could have told the story."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
February 29th, 2020

"Yee's language is always vibrantly alive, and, while her plotting is sometimes awkward and contrived…, she…manages to compel attention...'Cambodian Rock Band' maintains its entertainment value while making a significant contribution to educating audiences about the Khmer Rouge's carnage."
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