Endlings NYC Reviews and Tickets

(27 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (27)

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142 Reviews | 20 Followers
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

66 Reviews | 23 Followers
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

8 Reviews | 2 Followers
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a play that surprises you with every turn that it takes.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of unorthodox narrative structure.

72 Reviews | 8 Followers
During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Exquisite performances. Brilliant, personal, ethereal play about the choices we make in our lives, and how we love when we have no choice.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about women. You don't like plays about people of color. It's kind of a weird, quirky play.

97 Reviews | 15 Followers
During previews
Wonderful acting, unusual staging, exceptionally well-written

See it if interested in lives of people vastly different from yours and a world away, you enjoy masterfully written plays, especially about women.

Don't see it if you only like musicals, light fare or you lack imagination. Read more

679 Reviews | 160 Followers
During previews
Beautifully constructed, Brilliantly played, Wise, Funny, Innovative

See it if you want to experience a brilliant young playwright’s cutting-edge script that speaks to both the human condition & today’s social order.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play, or don’t feel like thinking about persisting structural racism or the toxic state of real estate in 2020 NYC. Read more

66 Reviews | 4 Followers
During previews
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a thoughtful, engaging, funny, interesting commentary on the role of race and location in America; it's brilliantly clever!

Don't see it if you need a strongly cohesive narrative; don't like meta theatre

84 Reviews | 10 Followers
During previews
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if a provocative play about the power of narrative, immigrant stories, theatre-making and the white gaze staged with flair and compassion.

Don't see it if if you meta-theatricality is not your cuppa tea, this is not for you

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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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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