Golden Shield
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Golden Shield

Golden Shield NYC Reviews and Tickets

(111 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

A riveting new play about loyalties, intrigue, and the delicate art of translation. 

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Member Reviews (111)

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891 Reviews | 259 Followers
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if for complicated stories - this 1 includes capitalist corporate greed, communist human rights abuse & tense family relations. Great lighting.

Don't see it if if you like less taxing entertainment at the theater-here there is a lot of dialogue both wonderfully interpreted and humorously punctuated.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
Intense, Quirky, Ambitious, Relevant, Clever

See it if family loyalty has ever been an issue in your life. In a future that could be now choices become difficult as technology shapes lives.

Don't see it if you find the speculation in science fiction irritating. While the heart of the play is human, the plot is techie derived.

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
Story ambitiously centered on unholy alliance of tech w govt (china) to suppress dissent on internet, using lawsuit vs tech co as dramatic vehicle; tries to do too many things

See it if dramatizes important political issue; features witty "translator"; good send up of self-absorbed tech guru

Don't see it if lacks focus & much 2 long; to work either needs dramatic courtroom battle or interpersonal conflict, but lacks both Read more

655 Reviews | 129 Followers
Entertaining, Slow, Absorbing

See it if Back and forth in time about internet, censorship, corporate greed and sister working together.

Don't see it if Slow at time and too long.

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
Relevant, Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing

See it if acting is superb and the actor playing the translator is a standout; intriguing stories that are political, personal and corporate

Don't see it if based on a true story that I did not completely absorb; the play is confusing (act 1) and sometimes frustrating; could use a 15 minute edit. Read more

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
Disappointing, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a Director that really knows how to use the stage and all the lighting to their advantage

Don't see it if You are looking to sit back and relax. I found this to be very confusing and it really didn’t have to be. Read more

468 Reviews | 121 Followers
Chinese authoritarianism fought by two warring sisters in an engrossing drama

See it if Captivating, brainy play about China, business, tech, politics and family relations. Two Chinese-American sisters try to fight the crackdown

Don't see it if Fang Du is marvelous as The Translator, a sort of Greek chorus who narrates and translates some of the Mandarin dialogue. Fascinating drama

474 Reviews | 68 Followers

See it if Switching back and forth between languages and cultures reveals real feelings between pairs of characters. Some interesting cultural tidbits

Don't see it if Manages to weave a lot (tech, legal, sisters, trauma, sexuality, language/culture) but some odd, loose ends. Could use some editing/focus. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
May 17th, 2022

"A legal drama, a romance, a story of sibling estrangement, and a cautionary tale about technology and the cost of political activism. 'Golden Shield' is a lot to chew on and somehow it is not filling."
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The Observer
May 19th, 2022

"As I said, such a corporate-legal-domestic-bicultural-political sandwich would be better unpacked and dramatized in an episodic, visual medium. That’s where clunky, congested dialogue (forced profanity, Mametty bro banter) might be smoothed out, and international locales presented vividly, not just wheeled into the neutral space of taupe perforated walls arranged by designer dots. "
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New York Theatre Guide
May 17th, 2022

"Despite the seeming freedom of the internet, censorship and propaganda is proliferating — not just in China but in America as well. And from ethnic cleansing to hate crimes, there have been deadly consequences in both countries. 'Golden Shield' touches on these issues without adequate space to substantively comment on them."
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May 17th, 2022

"The events of 'Golden Shield' take place from 2006 to 2016, which strangely feels like a more innocent time. As our country adjusts its relationship to the increasingly belligerent regime in Beijing, we ought to reserve some scorn for its Stateside accomplices."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 17th, 2022

"Golden Shield certainly has its bracing moments, and let's say that King has written a pretty good play that might be better if she decided which to focus on, a justifiable rant about greed and corruption or a look at familial fissures that aren't going to heal. Illuminating both proves something of a struggle."
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New York Stage Review
May 17th, 2022

"It feels churlish to complain about a playwright being too ambitious. But Anchuli Felicia King doesn’t make it easy to resist the temptation with her new play receiving its American premiere courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club. This convoluted effort interweaving corporate intrigue, legal machinations and family drama becomes further burdened with its explorations of the vagaries of the art of translation."
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May 23rd, 2022

Initially difficult to follow, Anchuli Felicia King’s "Golden Shield" settles down by the second act to be a taut legal thriller. The fine cast deals with the legalese and technology jargon as to the manner born. Director May Adrales has done fine work with the actors but has overcomplicated things with all of the doubling nor do the settings by dots entirely help in comprehension as the play moves backwards and forwards over a decade to many locations. This is one play that could probably be improved by another draft to simplify the plot and the context.
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Theater Pizzazz
May 17th, 2022

"If there is one lesson though to be taken away from 'Golden Shield,' it’s that we all need to let our armor down and be honest with one another, both in how we behave and what we say."
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