Made in China
Closed 1h 20m
Made in China
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Made in China NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(96 Reviews)
Positive
82%
Mixed
16%
Negative
2%
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.

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Member Reviews (96)

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909 Reviews | 924 Followers
81
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. Read more

884 Reviews | 1014 Followers
87
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. Read more

712 Reviews | 215 Followers
75
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.

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
83
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.

Nic
457 Reviews | 87 Followers
85
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.

425 Reviews | 69 Followers
80
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.

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
72
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)

379 Reviews | 69 Followers
74
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.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
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 vividness that enchants. The romantic comedy and sociopolitical polemic aspects of 'Made in China' may not always be smoothly integrated, but the show’s visual allure never ceases."
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Time Out New York
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’s full-body puppets in a variety of inventive sequences...The show may be a little messy—the personal plot is more sharply defined than the political one—but it’s packed with happy surprises."
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Theatermania
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 when the creators are being sincere...We walk away from the theater with a feeling of profound ambivalence, suspicious of the stuff in our apartments and wanting to know more."
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BroadwayWorld
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 incredibly talented and versatile puppeteers, original music, and animated video…The fast-paced dialogue is clever, yet thoughtful…’Made in China’ is storytelling at its very finest."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 17th, 2017

"In truth, ‘Made in China’ is headed in so many directions at once, it's hard to know what to make of it all. Its socioeconomic points are glancing at best…The script scrambles after laughs in various unseemly ways…So much creativity, so much bad taste: Despite the mastery of the theatre crafts on display, 'Made in China' is a silly, superficial entertainment that pretends to a significance it can't really attain while aiming shockingly low for laughs."
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TheaterScene.net
February 5th, 2017

"Unfortunately, the dogs are ditched about halfway through—when the shows big plot twist arrives—and the effects are noticeable. Mary and Eddie's characters are not very amicable in nature, nor are they very likable either. Sure, they are written genuinely, but as the show gets weirder and weirder, the focus strays from that of the duo's relationship to an obstructive and confusing political commentary which is both distracting and unclear."
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Theatre is Easy
January 22nd, 2017

"In the most hilarious, brilliant, and over-the-top way imaginable, the ensemble carries the characters through trials and tribulations that are simultaneously preposterous and painfully realistic…Certainly there is some room for improvement when it comes to clarification and accuracy of specific historical facts…But the company’s approach to this issue is direct, sincere, and passionate, yet also sympathetic with a sense of humor. And that is indeed quite the formula for good theatre."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 15th, 2017

“'Made in China' is a farcical, musical, phantasmagorical odyssey that, while hitting various political marks, remains engaging throughout its hour and 20 minutes...'Made in China' sometimes allows its preoccupation with puppet artistry, special effects, video projections, and the like to muffle its satirical objectives. That, however, is a small price to pay for a work of such creative imagination and performative skill. Best of all, of course, 'Made in China' was made in the U.S.A.”
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