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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)


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

Awful writing & directing, Perpetuates racist stereotypes, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you believe all negative stereotypes & cliches about Asian immigrants/Asian Americans. You want predictable, uni-dimensional characters.

Don't see it if you want to see real characters of any depth or real humanity. The cast do try, but the writing & directing give them zero to work with.

Also I'm shocked this was produced. If a play that so perpetuated stereotyp... Read more Read less

Cliched, Unrealistic, Poor acting

See it if you are interested in Asian stereotypes.

Don't see it if you are concerned about plays reinforcing Asian stereotypes.

Also Was very excited to see this play, but poor acting and cliche storylin... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You are white and want to feel that multiculturalism.

Don't see it if You are normal.

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Relevant

See it if you like stories that explore diversity; you like supporting new voices in theater

Don't see it if you value stories that are accurate about the Chinese American experience; you hate performances that are rushed

Also As an Asian American, I found the play to be a riddled with a bunch of... Read more Read less

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 ...
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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...
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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 the...
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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 ...
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