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Somebody's Daughter
Upper W Side
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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)

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

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

Critic Reviews (9)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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June 7th, 2017

"There are specifics about family relationships in Asian culture...yet what it means to be somebody's daughter is universal...I was thoroughly engaged in these daughters' stories and found myself unexpectedly moved toward the end. Alex's journey is part coming of age, and deals with first love; I usually groan at such story lines, finding them trite, but not this time...I was comforted to see the way these women grew and came to terms with being somebody's daughter."
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