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Comfort Women (Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory)
Midtown W
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Comfort Women (Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory) NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(141 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
22%
Negative
3%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Intense

About the Show

A new revival of the 2015 musical about Korean comfort women who were sold as sex slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII.

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Member Reviews (141)

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Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Well intentioned effort to bring disturbing subject matter to light; yet musicalization is questionable Actors earnest but undisguishable

Don't see it if Various plotlines confusing & often left unattended after started Large cast often gets lost despite valid attempt by "leads" A sad misfire

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Passionate, Well played, Informative, Great ensemble work, A bit confusing

See it if you're interested in new musicals , Korean Culture or the history of Southeast Asia in the 1st half of the 20th century.

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals huge. This one stays lean & intimate, even after we land in the middle of World War II Read more

Critic Reviews (9)

July 27th, 2018

“The subject is certainly worth exploring, though it's hardly conventional musical material...The young cast's relative inexperience is at times glaringly obvious...Like watching a competent college production...Generic musical-theater idiom in their score...Melodramatic book...This banal and forgettable musical leaves you thinking less about the historical atrocities it dramatizes than about how much more illuminating a Wikipedia page on the subject would be.”
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July 30th, 2018

"In telling the rest of this shattering story, the creators of 'Comfort Women,' inexplicably, rely heavily on musical theater conventions that result in wrongheaded, if not downright offensive, choices. The most cringeworthy is the choreographed sequence of a Korean woman being gang raped by Japanese soldiers. At some point, in their effort to visualize this atrocity, director Dimo Hyun Jun Kim and choreographer Natanal Hyun Kim should have realized that they were, in fact, trivializing it."
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July 29th, 2018

“The production shows a noteworthy attention to detail...The scenes of sexual assault are delicately handled, depicted through interpretive dance...Although the show gets off to a rough start, these young actors eventually prove their depth (though some are stronger than others)...Too many songs, that at times one seems to blur into the next, but overall the production is strong with varied and compelling characters, beautiful lyrics, and quality stage combat.”
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July 29th, 2018

"The current revival of 'Comfort Women' is difficult to watch, think about, and certainly sing about...It’s hard to imagine that a tragedy of this depth and these dimensions could be regarded as the basis for entertainment. Good intentions are not enough. Everything has to have artistic coherence...It just didn’t work for me...All I could think of during and since the play was the horror the women suffered. This subject needs to be shown, not in a musical, but as a film documentary."
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July 30th, 2018

"Trying to portray the violence subtly, an oxymoronic idea, blunts viewers from the horror of experiencing the victims' pain and also limits their sympathy...The music has a sameness making you wonder why this disturbing story must even include music...On the upside, the large cast offers roles to many talented Asian actors...Unfortunately, this lightweight production and musical score does not come close to packing the necessary emotional and dramatic punch."
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August 20th, 2018

"'Comfort Women: A Musical' is poised to take its place in musical theatre history besides iconic shows like 'Miss Saigon' and 'Les Miserables'. All these shows tell the story of people who have fallen (or, more accurately, have been pushed down) by the wayside of war but are nevertheless important and deserve to be heard...The choreography is imaginative and fantastic...Highly recommended."
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July 27th, 2018

"A regrettable misfire...The scattershot sequence of scenes is often weakly integrated, and long, static passages with little dramatic progress are frequent…A superior score would have helped, but…the music is barely tuneful…Too many lyrics are bogged down in clunky, pompous verbosity…Perhaps the greatest problem is the cast, an eager but largely inexperienced…group of young actors who appear more like a group of college students than a company of professionals."
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July 28th, 2018

“Although some of the text is drawn out, the overall production is dramatically moving, as the important concept is fleshed out by an excellent cast...One comes away appreciative of all the work that has gone into ‘Comfort Women’, and even if it hardly rises to the level of a great musical, it boasts a reasonably good score and is indeed often moving, enlightening and dramatic in remembering the sad fate of so many Korean women who fell prey to the Imperial Japanese Army."
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July 28th, 2018

“The book for the show does some good character development...There are some very fine songs both of despair and hope. The songs with choreography are well done as well. Overall, this is a good show with a tremendous story to tell. History buffs will want to see this to get a view of events not well-known. As little known as they are, they need to be put out there. ‘Comfort Women’ does that in a stern, yet lyrical manner.”
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