Already closed | 1h 50m | Upper W Side

Somebody's Daughter

From 44 member  reviews
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. More…

Alex is a 15-year-old Asian-American girl going to extremes to get her own mother to notice her. She’s a dream child—except to her parents who wish she were a boy. Luckily, she finds a sympathetic ear in Kate, her irreverent guidance counselor who knows all too well what it’s like to walk in Alex’s shoes. Who makes the identity rules and what happens when you break them?


Member Reviews (44)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Cliched, Absorbing

68
Relevant, Over-directed, Good use of a small space

See it if you like stories about race and family, and aren't easily offended by racial stereotypes. The actors did the best they could with cliched

Don't see it if material, and a director who seemed to want her fingerprints all over every aspect of the show.

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

65
Great staging, Cliched

See it if You're interested in exploring the Tiger Mother concept.

Don't see it if You have issues with seeing Asians stereotypes on stage.

52
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Stereotypical

See it if you want to support a diverse cast and encourage theaters like Second Stage to keep having diverse stories told.

Don't see it if stereotypical characters really bother you.

Also I really wanted to like this play, but...wow. The mother character, in... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if non-sequential plays with jumps in time intrigue you, and you like family-driven conflicts.

Don't see it if Trigger warning- physical abuse shown and discussed.

Also Cliche characters and far fetched plot configurations are at the core ... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Interesting but doesn't quite pull it all together.

See it if You want to see new theatre in development.

Don't see it if you don't want to see new plays being developed.

During previews
62
Overacting, Cliched, Stereotypical, Flippant, Disappointing

See it if You are patient with scripts that need shaping and are trying to do too much.

Don't see it if You have high expectations for a polished script and realistic performances. The women are particularly over-the-top in their delivery.

During previews
50
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see a new play which still need to be worked on. Maybe mothers and daughters will find more in this play than others.

Don't see it if you want to see something that comes across like a work in progress. It is very cliched writing and poorly performed.

During previews
67
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to support a new work by an up and coming playwright with a diverse cast.

Don't see it if you want to see a fully polished product. Some great ideas and moments of good writing but it is still a work in progress.


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 ...
read more
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...
read more
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 the...
read more
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 ...
read more

Related content


Cast & Creatives (13)