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Made in China

From 96 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging

About the show

Wakka Wakka presents a darkly comic puppet musical that explores issues of human rights, consumerism, and global relations via a quirky romance between a middle-aged American woman and her Chinese ex-pat neighbor. More…

An isolated woman finds solace in shopping. After one of her big-box sprees, she finds a cry-for-help note stuffed in a box of Halloween lights, written by a woman in a Chinese labor camp. Inspired into activism, she embarks on an odyssey of global proportions. Inspired by true events, 'Made in China' includes 30 puppets, songs inspired by both American and Chinese traditions, and animated videos. Note: This puppet show is not for children and features nudity, profanity, and adult situations.

Member Reviews (96)


Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging
Avg Score

Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Surprising

See it if Unexpected surprise. Great puppetry, seamless. Vibrant, funny and creative. Adult themes mashed with surreal plots.

Don't see it if You dislike puppets, profanity or "sexual" content.

Also We left the theater elated. ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever, Whimsical, Delightful

See it if Masterfully done puppetry w/ adult humor. A delightful story with whimsical visuals, non stop laughs, heart & a nice message.

Don't see it if You hate puppets, however the two main characters are so well developed and performed you feel like you're watching real people.

Also The best production I've seen at 59E59 and I've seen a lot there. It w... Read more Read less

Quirky, Tuneful, Fluffy, Visual, Cliched

See it if Light fantasy satire and romantic comedy with gorgeous puppetry, catchy songs, silly gags and a shallow story.

Don't see it if You want more depth from the characters or the politics. Contrast of well known differences between US and China. Sugary ending.

Absorbing, Delightful, Creative, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if Leave it to puppets to tell a funny, political, romantic, raunchy story that most people can accept. Masterful puppetry; lots of fun.

Don't see it if you want to see a typical musical with humans as the main draw; you do not like puppets with strong personalities.

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you want to see excellent puppetry within a story that mixes relevant political issues, humor, and absurdity. you like creative/quirky shows

Don't see it if you don't like plays with profanity & toilet humor (literally), you're mostly interested in the score & singing (it is the weakest part)

Clever, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy well staged puppet shows addressing serous issues with a comedic tone.

Don't see it if you do not like puppet shows or want serious issues addressed in a serious tone.

Delightful, Quirky, Romantic, Clever, Preachy

See it if clever, outrageous and breakthrough staging, puppets and characters can compensate for a preachy & somewhat confusing theme. Worked for me.

Don't see it if x-rated puppets are not your thing.

Clever, Relevant, Funny, Great staging, Original

See it if you're up for something entirely different. This is that show you leave and tell your friends to see, then struggle to describe it to them.

Don't see it if you dislike innovative theater. Actually go see it anyway. You will laugh right along with everyone else, & be moved at least a little, too.

Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a thought provoking experience, this was surprisingly entertaining, funny, and poignant

Don't see it if You dislike puppets and puppet "sex"; topics of globalization and reflecting on how our actions impact others thousands of miles away

Bizarre, Original, Great singing

See it if you are looking for an adult puppet show with a message and a bizarre fantasy story. It was crazy but I enjoyed it.

Don't see it if you don't like puppet shows, don't want a preachy theme shoved down your throat. Are offended by naked puppets.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy something a little different, this is story telling via masterful puppetry. It is focused on human rights violations in China.

Don't see it if You want a tighter storyline. This requires some use of your imagination.

Clever, Entertaining, Thought provoking

See it if you enjoy stories told with puppets about relationships with people of different cultures & human rights in China told with original songs.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows like Avenue Q or the Woodsman where puppets are the stars of the show and interact with people.

Inventive, Artful, A bit confusing

See it if You think it will be funny, a puppet show, it begins with a naked older character bemoaning her aging body. She sings a song of sadness.

Don't see it if Who can be prepared for such pain interjected into a puppet show?

Delightful, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're up for a biting & very funny, sometimes savage political satire of US-Chinese interdependence and consumerism at this moment in time.

Don't see it if You dislike puppets, political theatre or fantasy, or critiques of modern American life. Or puppets engaged in explicit behavior & opinions.

Also Made in China is best seen with an open mind & no expectations, surpri... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Profound, Absorbing, Relevant, Thoughtful

See it if You care about human rights, consumerism, & your fellow man, enjoy shows with a message, like puppetry done masterfully. Dark but funny.

Don't see it if You don't want politics mixed in with your show. If you don't like puppets, or nude puppets with bawdy banter & profanity. Not for the kids.

Clever, Well done, More expected

See it if you like puppets. The puppeteers do a great job in blending into the background. Fun to watch even if you don't relate to the politics.

Don't see it if you don't like puppets or fantasy. A bit of ribald action may offend some. After all the fun, it left me a little flat.

Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You like Theater with puppets. It's an adult story with a great message. Loved the performances by the puppeteers.

Don't see it if You don't like stories of real people who hide behind puppets.

Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Funny

See it if You enjoy puppet shows. Like political barbs. Like puppet sex scenes. Talented cast. Fascinating staging

Don't see it if You don't like puppet show

Ambitious, Raunchy, Original, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you like completely unique shows that are performed by puppets and are somewhat vulgar.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that involve anatomically correct naked puppets among other things.

Banal, Great staging, Cliched

See it if you want to see cute puppets and inventive staging.

Don't see it if you are not into sparse and poorly sung musical numbers. Lots of noise and yelling on stage instead. The story is cliched.

Delightful, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Odd

See it if you like strange sassy cryptic characters in puppet format

Don't see it if you are looking for linear quick and easy puppet shows

Delightful, Funny, Masterful, Original, Absorbing

See it if the art of puppetry is executed to perfection to engage you with the story; the protagonists are no longer puppets, but living creatures.

Don't see it if you consider puppetry a children’ genre.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy clever (and often times masterful) puppetry, combined with humor and political/social commentary.

Don't see it if you need a dramaturgically sound script.

Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you know the "Avenue Q" soundtrack by heart and you're up for seeing raunchy puppets of a similar make with a different storyline.

Don't see it if puppet nudity makes you blush, four-letter words make your ears burn or you require a straightforward storyline.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to see a clever, original production using puppets to address edgy current political social issues

Don't see it if you want classic song and dance and coherent timeline and plot theater. This play is kooky and delightful and entertaining.

January 16th, 2017
"Clearly narrative logic is not a high priority for Wakka Wakka...But the puppets, designed by Mr. Waage, have such distinctive personalities that the plot’s absurdities rarely intrude on our enjoyment...The many inanimate objects that populate the show are brought to life with a magical vividnes...
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January 15th, 2017
"Wakka Wakka’s madly audacious new show, 'Made in China,' defies labels. It is, somehow, a musical satirical romantic puppet thriller...'Made in China' takes full advantage of the freedom that being a puppet show affords. Seven skilled performers, hidden in black clothes and veils, wrangle Waage’...
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January 15th, 2017
"A surprisingly thoughtful story about the rise of modern China and our relationship to it as American consumers...Warnock and Waage's caffeinated and rigorous staging mostly offsets the effects of the unshorn script...The tone of 'Made in China' is so often derisive that it is difficult to tell ...
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January 17th, 2017
"A very entertaining, socially relevant adult puppet show…It is a completely mesmerizing performance that enjoys excellent direction...'Made In China' explores the important subjects of human rights, consumerism and morality with humor and heart…It features 30 wonderfully crafted puppets, seven i...
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