Kim's Convenience
Closed 1h 25m
Kim's Convenience
85

Kim's Convenience NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(108 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
5%
Negative
0%
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.

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (108)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed
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".

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
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 was not just the magic of the fine performances…The play’s questions of gratitude and ingratitude, and its exploration of the equivocal meanings of starting over, no longer felt rote at all.”
Read more

Deadline
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."
Read more

Talkin' Broadway
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 conglomeration of determination, stubbornness, and frustration, all of which the play couches in humor, so that Mr. Kim comes off as a sort of Korean Archie Bunker.”
Read more

TheaterScene.net
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 realizes the author’s vision with its steady pace and sensitive performances...Like many of the great works of dramatic literature, the power of 'Kim’s Convenience' lies in its polished simplicity."
Read more

Theatre is Easy
July 15th, 2017

"One of the most endearing and sincere plays I’ve seen in a while...It’s not often a tight-knit family comedy works so wonderfully...Weyni Mengesha’s direction is flawless, allowing her cast to play with power through calculated volume and movement where it matters...While 'Kim’s Convenience' is a joy to experience, its sentimentality (unlike many sitcoms) isn’t overbearing, maintaining that feel-good quality many plays fail to achieve."
Read more

Theater Pizzazz
July 7th, 2017

"A hilarious, heartwarming and poignant look at the immigrant experience...The play touches upon every emotion that one can endeavor to experience in ninety minutes, all real, all empathetic, all profoundly human. It is in its beautiful humanity that Choi’s work shines and captures our hearts...Choi builds the arc of his conflicts so seamlessly that we are gratified at the natural order of resolution...This production is absolutely must-see smashing."
Read more

CurtainUp
July 5th, 2017

"For all the amusing banter and comic physical shtick, this little play has its more serious side and an endearing, tender heartbeat. Best of all, in just 90 minutes, playwright Ins Choi has managed to juggle and satisfactorily connect a number plot strands...Good as all the performances are, the real star is Ken MacKenzie's terrifically detailed recreation of the store...Do take advantage of this chance to see this human comedy in its live and lively original permutation."
Read more

Front Mezz Junkies
July 6th, 2017

“Beautifully crafted…A typical but immensely engaging story of first-generation immigrants and their children…This story is universal…It’s profoundly solid ground Choi places these three on with his intricate and simple storytelling and dialogue…It’s real, powerful, funny, and solid, and it is a night at the theater that makes me grateful to Soulpepper for bringing it to New York. In the same way, it feels like it is the perfect time for this tale to be told here in America.”
Read more

T
July 6th, 2017

“The play is a well-written episode of a sitcom replete with ethnic, sexist, and racist encumbrances...Under Mengesha’s astute direction, the ensemble cast tackles their characters with a high level of believability…If sitcom is something an audience member likes, then ‘Kim’s Convenience’ works as likable product. If one is looking for something a bit more serious related to generation gaps and cultural conflicts, one might find oneself wondering what all the hooting and hollering is all about.”
Read more

New York Theater
July 5th, 2017

“A funny but glib comedy…It offers many laugh lines…‘Kim’s Convenience’ has less in common with any authentic-feeling glimpses into the life of new immigrants than it does with ‘All in the Family’…By the end almost all the conflicts and tensions are resolved, in ways that are more humorous or sentimental than realistic. You laugh, you smile, you might even sigh, but you leave knowing that the happy endings in ‘Kim’s Convenience’ are too convenient to be wholly satisfying.”
Read more

B
July 7th, 2017

"The early scenes are hilarious...Lee is a force of nature as Appa. Simon captures all the right notes for the daughter...There are many objective grounds on which I could find fault, but the play overcame them all with its heartwarming, universal look at the immigrant family experience and intergenerational conflicts. The situations occasionally veer close to sitcom humor and become predictable, but the execution is so flawless that resistance is futile. I had a good time."
Read more

BSonArts
July 7th, 2017

"A beautifully written (and frequently insightful) family dramedy...The production remains fresh and warmly funny with its original cast intact...Choi balances his upbeat view of the relations between Blacks and Asians with a few reminders of the reality of life running a bodega...This is not a weighty play. There is lots of humor in its 90 minutes. The play’s main weakness is the underdeveloped characters of the mother and the son...Nevertheless, the play is worth seeing."
Read more

Our Theater Blog
July 6th, 2017

"A funny and poignant play...There is no mention of gentrification, yet it is palpably present in this scenario. In fact, change and cultural/generational differences and misunderstandings are a big part of the humor and heart. The set is fully stocked, all the details of a corner store compactly and intricately laid out. Under Weyni Mengesha’s adroit direction, 'Kim’s Convenience' holds our regard."
Read more

L
July 14th, 2017

"Its themes are universal, touching on our relationships with the people around us...The play illustrates the ways in which we do or don’t communicate our expectations of one another to each other...The play...alternates between the comedic and the dramatic, keeping the piece from getting maudlin, and moving it along nicely. Choi has a good ear for the way people really talk, and the cast of five is very strong, keeping you engaged all the way through."
Read more

M
July 6th, 2017

"Handles heavy issues with sharp humor and heart...And unlike the majority of comedies featuring minorities, it feels like the audience is laughing with the Kims, not at them, which is refreshing...It’s not a perfect play...It would be nice for the women to be just a bit more involved...Overall though, 'Kim’s Convenience' is a fantastic and timely play...The gifted cast brings to life Choi’s intelligent play. 'Kim’s Convenience' is thoughtful, heartwarming and gut-bustingly funny all at once."
Read more

Diandra Reviews it All
July 3rd, 2017

"A hilariously poignant play...Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, as Appa, leads the comedic pack by becoming the central figure of the play’s laughs and drama...Simon is so bright and intelligent on stage...Set designed perfectly by Ken MacKenzie, in this little, variety store, an audience laughed and cried with the fullness of their heart. Hence, Ins Choi deserves all the success of his now sitcom/play because not every writer can give you every clear emotion to humanity. "
Read more

On Stage Blog
February 12th, 2017
For a previous production

"An incredibly poignant work of Canadian theatre that pulls at our hearts while moving all of us through laughter, sadness and tears...MacKenzie’s set design transports us to a veritable re-creation of said convenience store resplendently worn with all of the unhealthy confectionaries along with the basic groceries of living...Ms. Yoon’s performance moves the audience to tears many times."
Read more

Mooney On Theatre
February 10th, 2017
For a previous production

"A funny, heartfelt, and timely production...It’s surely impossible not to laugh all the way through, and perhaps shed a tear at the end...Although comedy dominated the tone, this play’s treatment of serious questions always felt true to life...The combination of thoughtful staging, truthful writing, and heartfelt acting make for a winning, not-to-be-missed production. "
Read more

Montreal Gazette
March 10th, 2017
For a previous production

“An enjoyably unfussy production…It has the sensibility of a harmless, feel-good sitcom...But the one-liners and, especially, Sun-Hyung Lee’s playing of them are very funny, so it feels a lot like a superior sitcom. And the big emotional scenes are genuinely affecting, taking it beyond the realms of soap and into the realms of rich, muscular drama…Fans of that show will no doubt get a kick out of seeing its two stars repeating their roles so skilfully in the flesh.”
Read more

The Coast
January 26th, 2017
For a previous production

"They are a hardworking, pragmatic and generous family. There are also rifts in their strong bonds, and these are shown with humour and insight. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is equal parts hilarious and touching. Maki Yi gives a gorgeous, subtle performance and quietly commands attention whenever she’s on stage...It is a joy to spend an evening in the world of 'Kim’s Convenience.'"
Read more

The Charming Modernist
February 25th, 2017
For a previous production

“The play has a darker, more dramatic slant than the sunny TV show but the humor and the strong sense of place are unchanged. It's a very Toronto piece of theatre and well worth seeing…All the actors do a fine job, balancing comedy and pathos…What I really liked about it is how the play is both stylized and very, very real…The feelings and the relationships and the people are messy and familiar…It's a heartfelt message in a fluffy sweet cocoon.”
Read more

Montreal Theatre Hub
March 12th, 2017
For a previous production

"This production successfully uses humor to portray the Canadian immigrant’s struggle, but lacks balance in its story lines and emotional arcs...While the relationship between Appa and Janet is well developed, the story line of Jung’s estrangement from his family, which certainly pulls at our heartstrings, is unfortunately overshadowed...Despite an imbalance in its story lines and the underdevelopment of some characters, 'Kim’s Convenience' is a moving and laugh-out-loud funny story."
Read more

M
February 18th, 2017
For a previous production

"The show extracts laughter from the audience: it is funny, there are consistent jokes and physical humor. And yet, there are things about this show that don’t quite work for me...Mr. Kim goes on quite an emotional journey, a journey that I’m not sure is entirely serviced by the superficial comedy style in which the show is presented. Mr. Kim’s emotional reversal seems a bit too easy, and it’s unclear if that is a function of the writing or the direction, or perhaps a bit of both."
Read more

Watch This Next (3)

83
Great
150+ Reviews
Open run
Six
NYC: Midtown W

An exuberant, pop celebration of 21st century girl power featuring the wives of Henry VIII.

Buy
82
Great
500+ Reviews
Open run
NYC: Midtown W

An actor drinks heavily (think Comedy Central's 'Drunk History') and tries to corral others into enacting a…

Buy
77
Good
131 Reviews
Ends Oct 10
NYC: Midtown W

Following a sold-out run at LCT3, "Pass Over" will come to Broadway for a limited run this August.

Buy