Kim's Convenience
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Kim's Convenience
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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.

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Member Reviews (108)

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716 Reviews | 219 Followers
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.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 190 Followers
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".

479 Reviews | 262 Followers
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. Read more

467 Reviews | 121 Followers
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

459 Reviews | 117 Followers
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 Read more

473 Reviews | 68 Followers
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.

469 Reviews | 54 Followers
80
Delightful, Funny

See it if Enjoy a disfunctional family under a comedic lens

Don't see it if Wish for more substance

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.”
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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."
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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.”
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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.”
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