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Kim's Convenience

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Relevant

About the show

Canada's Soulpepper Theatre Company presents a comedy-drama about a Korean-Canadian family making a new life in a corner store in downtown Toronto. More…

In 'Kim's Convenience,' Appa, a Korean immigrant, works hard to support his wife and children with his Toronto convenience store. As he evaluates his future, he faces both a changing neighborhood landscape and the gap between his values and those of his Canada-born children. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.


Member Reviews (108)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Relevant
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Avg Score

90
Delightful, Funny, Heartwarming, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if Touching family drama with many funny moments, beautifully performed. Several audience members were in tears.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the impact of the immigrant experience across generations.

77
Entertaining, Cliched, Great acting, Reductive

See it if you want to see fine Canadian actors add pathos, humor & nuance to a mildly witty immigrant family drama that feels more like a sitcom pilot

Don't see it if you have no interest in universal family politics; you don't want to see an overly-sentimental Korean-Canadian "All In The Family".

91
Great acting, Absorbing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you have lived the comic insanity of family relations. Even if you are not Korean their hilarious interactions will touch your heart.

Don't see it if realistic family dramomedy makes you uncomfortable. Parents of grown children coming to terms with the people they have raised.

80
Excellent ensemble, Clever, Cliched, Thoroughly entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a fine play dealing with racism and immigrants. The play moves quickly.

Don't see it if you are not interested in racism and immigrants.

Also "Kim's Convenience" is somewhat like a sit-com—and this is why it has ... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Fine acting, Entertaining, Charming

See it if Like small ensembles, humorous, slice-of-life play w immigrant issues, family love, cultural constructs. Satisfying playgoing. Good cast.

Don't see it if Have trouble with thick accents, racist views, some violence. This is about assimilation w traditional vs modern sensibilities. Sitcom-like.

Also This play is the basis of an ongoing TV show in Canada. Here the live ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Funny, Resonant, Great acting, Heartwarming

See it if want a seriocomic look at a Korean immigrant family in Toronto or if you enjoyed "All in the Family" and "Fresh Off the Boat" on TV.

Don't see it if you don't like social issues addressed under the cover of comedy or if you lack a sense of humor

Also Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is wonderful as the patriarch. Ronnie Rowe Jr. is t... Read more Read less

83
Effective family tearjerker

See it if First generation Korean daughter in Toronto does not want to take over her father's store. Funny. Ending in a tear-inducing scene

Don't see it if you don't want your heartstrings tugged. Excellent comedic performances. The actor who plays the son is also the playwright

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant, Feel good

See it if you want a light, entertainment that is meaningful, not fluffy.

Don't see it if you believe in the wall.

91
Great writing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if This show was wonderful. Apparently it's become a Canadian sitcom, with the same actors. Great writing. Heartwarming story. Funny.

Don't see it if you are offended by stereotypes - stereotyping other people (a very funny bit though not PC). Saw it closing. Love it, so reviewed anyway.

90
Natural & real, Thought-provoking, Memorable & reflective, Well-written, Committed acting

See it if curious about new dramas that focus on the Korean-American experience; like short and plucky pieces that are well-written and performed.

Don't see it if you dislike dramas about the American Dream and/or immigrant & first-generation people; aren't one for family dramas; need a lot of action.

Also Canada's Soulpepper Theatre Company is really offering New Yorkers and... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Relevant, Enjoyable,predictable

See it if you want to see a sweet story about stern immigrant parents working only for their children's future and their disappointments in life.

Don't see it if you have issues with heavy accents.& not understanding many lines. With a somewhat cliched story & a forced ending that doesn't build to it.

72
Enchanting, Fluffy, "big hearted"

See it if You like feel-good shows that explore family tensions and challenges faced by immigrants and first-generation offspring.

Don't see it if You dislike self-described "big hearted" pieces. Nothing too challenging, but coming from a place of love.

80
Delightful, Funny

See it if Enjoy a disfunctional family under a comedic lens

Don't see it if Wish for more substance

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a humorous and heartfelt exploration of the Korean immigrant experience. Beautifully written and acted.

Don't see it if As others have mentioned, the play does unfold as if it was a tv sitcom. Sometimes I heard the laugh track in my head. Still very enjoyable

85
Heart-warming, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You are interested in a sweet family story with terrific actors in believable and clever situations.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in stories about immigrants or families.

90
Poignant, Warm, Engrossing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if a fan of resonant, relatable family dynamics, portrayed with palpable warmth & slow burn; multifaceted immigrant vs adopted country tale

Don't see it if you need fast pace, snappy dialogue, elaborate set or costumes; this is a quiet drama that unfolds with heart, affection & hard-won insights

Also I loved this sleeper of a story and the terrific performances. Culture... Read more Read less

86
Resonant

See it if Intergenerational, cross-cultural story via the family business, a convenience store. 1st/2nd generation commentary jokes are funny & tender

Don't see it if Immigrant experience / assimilation stories scare you.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to laugh, think and feel; excellently written, acted, directed. Two generations fight out being in a new country - lovingly.

Don't see it if empathizing with the idea of being a foreigner in a strange new world isn't your cup of Korean tea.

Also This play is totally relevant to the current situation of so many fami... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you'll enjoy seeing a funny,true to life play about the immigrant experience &and the conflicts between immigrant parents & their adult kids

Don't see it if you are extremely politically correct. (Mr. Kim says some very racist things.)

68
Cliched, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You don't mind sitcom-skewing writing.

Don't see it if You prefer edgy, nuanced writing.

82
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like a light comedy about issues you can think about.

Don't see it if You like musicals or very serious dramas.

90
Snappy, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Sit-commy

See it if you enjoy sit-com style fast, clever repartee, related to intergenerational conflict, are a parent or a child, or have faced tough choices.

Don't see it if You dislike comedy, TV-style sit-com pace and humor, prefer classic themes to modern ones

69
Cliched, Indulgent, Superficial, Funny, Appealing cast

See it if you are willing to put up with a lot of tiresome sitcom material to enjoy several scenes of real feeling.

Don't see it if if you hate situation comedy.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if you are looking for a great laugh. It's the best pull-at-your-heart-strings, but feel-good 90-ish (non-musical) minutes of the year.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh, you don't understand Canadian humor or you are not interesting immigrant stories

84
Funny, Great acting, Fun set

See it if you want to see a show that looks at social issues through a comic lens...

Don't see it if you are turned off by Archie Bunker type characters; don't like accents; don't like shows about family dysfunction...


July 6th, 2017
“Sentimental, familiar and generically feel-good…Even if the setup weren’t so rote, Mr. Choi’s script invites déjà vu with dialogue and behavior that work slight variations on hoary comic templates…But something began to shift for me in ‘Kim’s Convenience’ about two-thirds of the way through…This...
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July 20th, 2017
"A sharply drawn comedy...Choi takes the conventions of immigrant-family sitcoms and deftly inverts them with a few hairpin plot twists, suffusing the 90-minute play with unexpected feeling."
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July 5th, 2017
“The play, while largely grounded in honest realism, does slip into sit-com shortcuts, including a pat, albeit touching, ending that could perhaps be better earned after a longer and deeper examination of the family at its center…As perfectly embodied by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Mr. Kim is a conglomer...
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July 6th, 2017
"Superbly written, beautifully performed and perfectly staged...The situation comedy elements evolve into a moving family drama. In 85 minutes, playwright Ins Choi achieves the supreme goal of The Theater, making an audience laugh while engaging their emotions...Mengesha’s vital staging tenderly ...
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