Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Comfort Women (Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory)

From 141 member  reviews
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. More…

The story revolves around a young Korean woman, Goeun, who was promised a job in Japan, but is soon transported to Indonesia as one of the comfort women. The audience witnesses how such a tragedy can permanently and painfully transform the life of a young woman.

1h 40m | Already closed | Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (141)


Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Intense
Avg Score

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

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

Also I was deeply touched by this tale of the Korean Comfort Women, tricked... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if The story has to be told. Huge cast. Great opp. for many young East Asian talent My favorites.. Abigal Choi Arader? and Matheus Ting.

Don't see it if Character development limited as too many in the cast. Sets and staging may need more time effort and $$$$$ Small Audience (see more) .

Also I am ambivalent re the musicalization re this tragedy but more on the ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to see a talented, young cast giving it their all in a true story, not likely what you learned about in school. Sound and lights +.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 2 hours without an intermission or you expect a fun and frolic musical - this is a serious subject w/ song & choreography.

Absorbing, Cliched, Great singing, Intense

See it if Historical musical of the indomitable fortitude of the feminine psyche. Large Asian cast fills a bare stage.

Don't see it if Needs professional tweaking. Empty stage cluttered by all that cast. Sexually violent.

Absorbing, Little to long, Entertaining

See it if It is a story that needs to be told and it's interesting because a lot of people don't know that it happened.

Don't see it if Violence and abusing women these are the topics, but it also has to do with strength to stay alive.

Also The cast was young and some of them had excellent singing voices. This... Read more Read less

Subject does not make good musical

See it if You want a little history lesson

Don't see it if You want a good musical that tells good story well

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You know someone in the cast or want a surface look at a horrible moment in history.

Don't see it if You don't like melodrama or long plays with very little depth that try to do too much and fall continuously short.

Also I really wanted to like this but this felt surface and soap operaish i... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Dated, Slow

See it if you enjoy a completely Asian cast and an interesting historical story, some very good singing, but not enough to carry the show.

Don't see it if history bores you; you expect a musical to be uplifting and happy.

Disappointing, Overrated, Relevant, Necessary

See it if you don't mind a very flawed show which concludes with some very good scenes .

Don't see it if a very slow beginning, amateurish voices, weak choreography, and failing to deal with all aspects of a subject doesn't appeal to you.

Also I wanted to rate this show much lower given it s glaring weaknesses, b... Read more Read less

Great singing

See it if Korean sex slaves and a Korean man stuck in the Japan military try to preserve themselves for escape. Excellent singing,support Asian actors

Don't see it if Shooting guns/killing people or WWII/war are triggering. Writing isn't fully formed/convincing; could have been more emotionally touching.

Also Free ticket through Show Score.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Too long

See it if if you want to see a depiction of a horrible historical event. The cast gives it their all for material that often isn't worth their effort.

Don't see it if you do not want to witness one brutal event after another. Some of the songs are lovely and there is a brief comical scene.

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Historical topic

See it if You want to learn a bit about a harrowing aspect of WWII that deserves a better script . Korean story with Korean cast.

Don't see it if You want rich, appropriate music, intelligent lyrics , and a book that honors the tragedy of these women . ..this is not it.

Also A story that deserves to be told . The women deserve better . I left t... Read more Read less

Deeply-moving / must-see, Great music / excellent singing, Unnecessary choreography, Very creatively staged, Enlightening / relevant / absorbing

See it if you're interested in learning about this not so well-known horrid, tragic, somewhat hidden side of Korean & Japanese 20th century history.

Don't see it if you can't handle sadness & despair. It's intense, there's verbal & physical-abuse, non-stop intimidation & bullying, plus str8-up shootings.

Also Really torn. SO MANY mixed emotions.... Read more Read less

Great staging, Ambitious, Relevant, Historical, overwhelming

See it if you want to see an ambitious musical about a little known historical event where Korean women were sex slaves for Japanese solders.

Don't see it if you are not interested in historical events turned into musicals that are disturbing and shed a negative light on WW 2 Japanese soldiers.

Relevant, Epic, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if want to see a wonderful and moving depiction of a complicated aspect of history, with a huge and talented cast--odd and unexpected.

Don't see it if you don't like a huge cast with complex interwoven stories and threads.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Talented, committed young cast, Good staging, lights & effects

See it if You're up for lovely orchestrations, sets and costumes in an earnest if at times trite treatment of a difficult but important subject.

Don't see it if You're looking for happy endings, light fluff or easy entertainment—tho' a sincere attempt, a musical about sexual slavery hard to pull off.

Also Certainly the horrific story of the quarter of a million women that we... Read more Read less

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Important

See it if Enjoy historically based productions of important events which are largely ignored.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of historically-based productions or do not like musicals. I felt that the musical numbers compromised the plot.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to see a show that will motivate you to research after leaving the theater. Want to see a GREAT leading performance.

Don't see it if Feel you cannot at this particular moment see a show that deals very viscerally with physical and sexual abuse. It's not an easy experience.

Also Comfort Women is not an easy show to watch. It depicts the depths of d... Read more Read less

Earnest young cast, Banal, Mediocre, Insipid, Instantly forgettable

See it if you're interested in the subject: are a friend or relative of a cast member or want to support this young company

Don't see it if you'd find an Americanized musical theater version of a painful subject that evokes very little Korean and/or Japanese feeling distressing

Also I really wanted to bolt after the first ten minutes as I was finding t... Read more Read less

Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you're looking for an exploration of a seldom seen piece of history

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with depictions of violence

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if A well enacted show telling a story of a shameful moment in history. Beautiful voices and a compelling story. An original musical.

Don't see it if There are loud noises, gunshots and violence throughout the 140 minutes but it is well presented and a story worth telling.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You like small shows with creative staging, earnest acting, and an interesting story.

Don't see it if You need a show with catchy songs, or don’t like intense subject matter.

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing, You might think women forced to be wartime sex slaves wouldn't make a good topic for a musical--and you'd be right

See it if You'd like to see a valiant and sincere Asian-American musical play that will impress you with its artistry.

Don't see it if Like me, your own cultural ignorance or insensitivity won't let you get past the subject matter being not right for a musical. My loss.

Great sets, Great choreography, Serious, Disappointing, Melodramatic

See it if you want to learn more about a dark part of history. Good sets and choreography and some talented performers.

Don't see it if you want more than just occasional glimpses of artistic inspirations. Some songs and performers were good but others not so much.

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 for...
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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 Japa...
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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,...
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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...
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