Endlings NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(27 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
8%
Negative
7%
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Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging

About the Show

On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly women spend their dying days diving to harvest seafood. Across the globe, a Korean-Canadian playwright wrestles with the expectation that she write “authentic” stories."

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Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like new work from an underrepresented voice that touches on family history, identity, and artistic voice

Don't see it if you prefer shows that stick to a traditional format, or don't poke fun at the audience and theater in general

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The first hour of this play was very interesting, the story of three old korean women (haenyeos) who dive in the ocean daily to collect seafood, arduous work for meager pay. but the remaining 40 hours were unbearable, awkward, excruciating, & boring.

See it if you have an interest in the subsistence-level island life in South Korea and the preservation of SK's rapidly vanishing traditional culture.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that are insistently META and self-referential and self-indulgent. Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

March 9th, 2020

"In ‘Endlings,’ the Pain of Swimming Between Worlds: What do Korean divers and Manhattan playwrights have in common? A new play looks for the connection."
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March 9th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "These divers turn out to be red herrings for the bigger fish that Song is out to fry: herself, her creative process, and the systems supporting this very play. Although the result is less than cohesive, 'Endlings' is a bold and revealing act of autofiction."
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March 9th, 2020

"Every Day a Little Death: 'Endlings' and 'Unknown Soldier'"
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March 9th, 2020

"Diving for Metatheatrical Satire in Endlings: Celine Song's poison-pen letter of a play makes its New York premiere at New York Theatre Workshop"
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March 10th, 2020

"The most inventive creative team can't paper over the fact that 'Endlings' is constructed out of two narrative stands that lead nowhere."
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March 9th, 2020

"Since this is ultimately a play about real estate, where we should live. But you'll be thinking about Song's ocean-diving women long after you've stopped worrying about whether her integrity's intact. What a shame she didn't dig a little deeper into the play that actually means something."
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March 9th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Celine Song's fascinating and wonderfully complicated new play is clever and self-aware, in on its own joke, but also deeply serious."
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March 13th, 2020

Score: 70%. "The word "endling" means the last of its species...I think you understand what I'm alluding to here."
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