Somebody's Daughter
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Somebody's Daughter
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Somebody's Daughter NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(44 Reviews)
Positive
70%
Mixed
21%
Negative
9%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Cliched, Absorbing

About the Show

Second Stage Theatre presents this world premiere drama about three women from different generations who find their identities in question.

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Member Reviews (44)

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657 Reviews | 147 Followers
79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy family dramas that deal with contemporary issues in a funny, entertaining way, share a commitment to Asian-American theatre

Don't see it if you can't relate to the Asian-American subculture or super-Tiger moms, don't like family stories

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
88
Entertaining, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Nice look into aspects of the Chinese community adapting to the U.S.. Thought provoking re: various views re cultures. Makes one think...

Don't see it if Avoid front row re. views of the great stage set. The site is always cold. Bring a sweater

532 Reviews | 488 Followers
75
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Engaging, Unfinished, Mystifying

See it if you want to see a new play tackling a very interesting subject that maybe needed a little bit more development to really hit home.

Don't see it if you'd feel cheated if you were fully engrossed in the plot as it unfurled, but when it ended you didn't know what it was trying to say.

488 Reviews | 125 Followers
73
Intelligent, Ambitious, Formulaic, Engaging

See it if The female characters rule the day. See it for insights into stereotypical Chinese culture, racism, sexism, family turmoil & growing pains.

Don't see it if Some good insights, but overacted by one central character. The 1st act is more interesting and cohesive than the 2nd . Read more

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
88
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you are interested in the concept of three generations of Asian-American women, who are not necessarily related.

Don't see it if you do not like unbalanced plays: the first act is excellent; the second act tends to sag. Read more

455 Reviews | 126 Followers
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want to see a fascinating play about the special circumstances of Asian American families caused by their strict societal customs.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the special problems of Asian Americans. You are wanting to see a comedy. Physical violence is part of this drama.

443 Reviews | 67 Followers
67
Banal, Great writing

See it if you like good sets and good writing.Acting was weak; 4 of the 6 just didn't get beyond 1 dimensional portrayal. That means poor directing.

Don't see it if you want good acting & performances that are multidimensional and show nuanced characters.Everyone was shown on 1level.I blame the director

394 Reviews | 202 Followers
77
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if Nice little show. Pleasant. Hits unexpected notes. Kept me engaged all the way through.

Don't see it if The flashbacks can be confusing. Michelle Kim needs a bit more seasoning before she can carry a lead. A subtle anti-abortion message.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
June 7th, 2017

"Both Alex and the play struggle to buck formula and stereotype...Adrales tends to encourage larger-than-life performances, which can be engaging, though also a little exhausting...With so many strands and themes, Hutchinson’s plotting sometimes slips into melodrama, while perpetuating unhelpful myths about Asian families and female fertility. The best scenes, which are the talkiest and the least given over to plot, instead showcase Ms. Hutchinson’s dry, roguish, gutsy voice."
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Time Out New York
June 6th, 2017

“Hutchinson’s smart and insightful play deftly skirts the pitfalls of slickness…Hutchinson is equally adept at depicting adolescent angst, quarter-life quandaries and sexual muddles of middle age. It’s exciting to be drawn into a multilayered drama in which female characters are the driving force. Hutchinson’s engaging drama leaves you questioning the scripts that women are still too often heir to.”
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Theatermania
June 6th, 2017

“An edge-of-your-seat drama, which is now inducing collective gasps and heart palpitations at Second Stage Uptown…Director May Adrales weaves all of these threads into a complex tapestry with her efficient yet detailed production…'Somebody's Daughter' is a gripping work…Ordinarily, any one of these topics would be enough to sustain a play, but Hutchinson cleverly ties them all together in one deeply satisfying drama. She is undeniably a playwright to watch going forward.”
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Lighting & Sound America
June 12th, 2017

"There is a solid foundation for a play here, but Hutchinson has plenty of trouble building on it. She aims for a bright, wisecracking style that, all too often, is cringeworthy...Lame attempts at wit prevent one from caring about the characters, who are perilously thin and often all too easy to dislike and dismiss...May Adrales' direction doesn't ameliorate these flaws, and, in some instances, may aggravate them."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 6th, 2017

“Despite some structural problems with the plot, ‘Somebody's Daughter’ is a rich and powerful play that is likely to trigger strong responses in its audience, running the gamut from laughter, to sympathy, to outrage…Thanks to the sharp-as-tacks dialogue, the thoroughly excellent performances, and Adrales' confident direction, each of these strands is fully explored...While the ending comes off as rather pat, it is likely you will leave the theater eager to talk about what you have seen.”
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Theater Pizzazz
June 6th, 2017

"'Somebody’s Daughter' has it all: crisp comedy, interesting, complex characters, and two parallel plots that are all over each other yet each strong enough to stand on their own. And this production boasts a cast whose members are immersed in their roles with a passion that’s both consuming and nonchalant…Adrales’ direction is as sharp as Hutchinson’s dialogue…It delivers a steady stream of hearty laughs, while at the same time truly engaging the audience on a compelling emotional level."
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CurtainUp
June 15th, 2017

"Hutchinson has fire in the belly about things that matter — the sting of racism, for instance, and the toxicity of intolerance; and that's what makes 'Somebody's Daughter' a rather special work of art...At times, Hutchinson's characterizations tread a thin line between recognizable ethnic attributes and stereotype...But the play's facile moments are redeemed by a number of complex, well-wrought scenes...Adrales's skilled direction gives 'Somebody's Daughter' focus, drive and intensity."
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Front Row Center
June 10th, 2017

“While there are plenty of laughs in ‘Somebody’s Daughter,’ it’s no laughing matter…There’s a lot going on here. Culture clashes, sexism, racism, intergenerational issues, coming-of-age narratives, young love. And there are a lot of stereotypes being confronted, explored and exploded, not skirted, which is refreshing and healing…In general I was impressed with Ms. Hutchinson’s insight into and understanding of the Chinese-American experience.”
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