Endlings NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(27 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
8%
Negative
7%
Members say
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Clever, 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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30
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

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49
Excruciating

See it if you want some kind of experimental theater and are not easily bored. This play is vaguely about race, culture, and being a writer.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained by a coherent story.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 9th, 2020

"Every Day a Little Death: 'Endlings' and 'Unknown Soldier'"
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Theatermania
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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Lighting & Sound America
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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Talkin' Broadway
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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New York Stage Review
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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Front Row Center
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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