Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord
Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord
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Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(33 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
9%
Negative
0%
Members say
Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

Kristina spent the beginning of the Covid pandemic sewing masks. Now, she meditates on the end of it.

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Member Reviews (33)

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
72
Needs cutting, Uneven, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Funny and well acted. Good use of very nice sets especially for a 1-person show.

Don't see it if The show vacillates between comedy and heartwarming documentary and ends up more Oprah than SNL. Still very enjoyable if not always funny,

841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
70
Overly long, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy 1 person shows about current events. Wong is a good storyteller.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in a show that goes over the events of 2020/2021. Saw during previews & it was too long. Wish it was 20min shorter.

594 Reviews | 223 Followers
72
Funny, Fluffy, Relevant, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You’re ready for a relatively lighthearted, true, interesting story set during the pandemic.

Don't see it if You’re an antimasker/antivaxxer, or you think you’re going to see standup comedy. The marketing makes it look like Ali Wong - it’s not.

399 Reviews | 203 Followers
68
Indulgent, Confusing, Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if Wong is an engaging performer telling the story of how she and a network of women made thousands of masks for people when they were scarce.

Don't see it if An admirable task, but not that interesting a show. I found my mind wandering.

410 Reviews | 74 Followers
80
Relevant, Disappointing last 20 min., Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if high energy solo show with a wonderful storyteller, funny show (with sad moments too) about the pandemic; issues of racism against Asians

Don't see it if want a play that builds up at the end and doesn't slow down; don't want too many other issues which are treated as blurbs and bog down show Read more

414 Reviews | 69 Followers
85
Relevant, Refreshing, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like intelligent, insightful theater that also entertains.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows. Or don't want to think about the pandemic.

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
87
Profound, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a comedy based on real life "heroic" experiences. Kristina Wong made lemonade from lemons

Don't see it if one person comedies don't work for you

410 Reviews | 61 Followers
88
Resonant, Relevant

See it if Empathizing and laughing through an Asian woman's anxieties and action through the first year of the pandemic. How do we process a pandemic?

Don't see it if Covid-19/pandemic, "feel good" hope stories, anti-Asian violence aren't your thing. Read more

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
November 4th, 2021

"Critic's Pick! Wong is good company and an accomplished storyteller, and she and Yew have made a show that is both heartening and cathartic. Tripping our collective memories of a strange, scary, isolated time, it asks us to recall them together. Which helps, actually. Back out on the street afterward, we’re lighter — and, thanks to the Aunties, imbued with hope."
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Time Out New York
November 4th, 2021

"4/5 stars! Kristina Wong weaves a colorful tale out of sewing personal protective equipment during the pandemic...Even with a few dropped lines and loose ends, the play is an entertaining and discomfiting dispatch on what the pandemic revealed about inequality and ineptitude in America, as well as a celebration of ingenuity, community and survival."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 5th, 2021

"I've been living in dread of an onslaught of COVID plays, imagining all sorts of dreary two-handers featuring locked-down couples laboriously working out their relationship issues. (It could happen yet.) Therefore, it is a special delight to report that this solo show unexpectedly -- one might say astoundingly -- finds considerable hilarity in the trauma of the pandemic, along a with a large helping of hope and some pointed sociopolitical commentary. Clearly, sweatshop overlords know what they want and how to get it."
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TheaterScene.net
November 22nd, 2021

Indeed, Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overload emerges as one of the most serious-minded plays of all, as it surveys what we all have been going through and having to endure for the past 20 months.
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Theater Pizzazz
November 8th, 2021

“This…is the story…, told with wide swathes of humor, of the medical, social, and political firestorm ignited by the pandemic…Satirical daggers are flung toward not only the misguided millions of anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers, but also at our government’s ineptness...Several times she asks…if the United States isn’t some “banana republic.” And not a soul can so no.”
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Front Row Center
November 5th, 2021

"Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord is wry, funny, passionate, sarcastic, and filled with heart."
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