In Previews: Opens Mar 09 | East Village

Endlings

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Indulgent, Must see, Absorbing

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." More…

From the show:

On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly haenyeos—sea women—spend their dying days diving into the ocean to harvest seafood. Across the globe on the island of Manhattan, a Korean-Canadian playwright, twice an immigrant, spends her days wrestling with the expectation that she write “authentic” stories about her identity. This “fascinating, audacious and deftly satirical” new play by Celine Song, directed by Sammi Cannold, questions what we inherit and challenges who dictates the terms.


Member Reviews (7)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Indulgent, Must see, Absorbing
80
Avg Score

During previews
72
Too many moving pieces, Unique, Indulgent, Ambitious, The parts of this whole do not a sum make.

See it if You want to see an artist finding her voice. You still believe whites control content and perception in art, theater and life.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the unraveling of at least three plots as they then begin to interweave. A tremendous amount of swearing.

Also Again prob above my pay grade. This was an appreciative multiracial au... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Thought-provoking

See it if Like diving into the unknown, choppy waters of the past with strange surprises and emerging in the present. Interesting immigration story.

Don't see it if Meta, non linear, playwright writing the play in the play, some strange parts aren’t your thing. Cussing older women disturb you.

Also Diversity: stars 4 Asian women! Three older and one younger. Addresses... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Clunky, Complicated, Refreshing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Delightful and surprising this dual tale has you switching back and forth between older Korean fisherwomen and a contemporary NY playwright.

Don't see it if angsty examination of white-centric male playwrights and cultural disassociation and ancestral heritage

Also So many surprising, fun and bright moments in this clunky and too long... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you want to see three Korean women with a way of life that is quickly becoming extinct - diving in the ocean for subsistence.

Don't see it if you don't like direct address to the audience; the "playwright" agonizing with you; mixing reality with absurdity.

Also The first hour is the elderly Korean women's story (interrrupted by a ... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Clever, Great staging, Cliched

See it if Was expecting (hoping!) to love this, but didn't find it as pointed as it could have been- mostly a little too broad, a little too gimmicky.

Don't see it if Some nice moments (the staging, the diving scenes, the "white play"), but never felt it hit as hard or as smart as it could have.

Also The play relied too heavily on its schticks: A lot of the humor - olde... Read more Read less

During previews
95
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.

Also This is such a beautifully written, amazingly staged play. The acting ... Read more Read less

During previews
91
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


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