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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.