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Somebody's Daughter

From 9 critic and 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?



20
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

75
Cliched, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Funny

See it if It rings the issue of Asian American pressure at home and education, and misogyny in patriarchal Chinese American families to attention.

Don't see it if There are too many stereotypes about Asians in the play.

Also Honestly I'd like the play so much more if these stereotypes were ackn... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy different topics.

Don't see it if You don't like off bway theater

38
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

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

Don't see it if You are normal.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if well-written, directed and over-all well-acted play dealing with cultural differences and their impact on families when different races date

Don't see it if if you hold any prejudices relating to interracial dating, then stay away from this play but it will be at your own loss.

85
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Complex, Smart

See it if You like a complex, thoughtful story, well staged, funny and very well written. The acting is good and there is little not to like.

Don't see it if You don't want to go to an uptown venue to see a show by a playwright you haven't heard of about cultural and generational conflict.

81
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy dramas about immigrants and their children, very sympathetic characters and strong direction. Engorssing story and great dialogue.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy dramas about families or teenagers. I was disappointed by the end and also way too many locations for one set.

80
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You value new voices with deep insight in truly human dilemmas; an excellent cast, very tight/smart direction and set. A real surprise.

Don't see it if You don't want to deal with a funny, moving, non-linear, very human story with complex people who you love and hate simultaneously.

Also It needs a stronger final scene. The only flaw in the play. We don't n... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like relevant stories of teenage life and conflicts between parents and teens. The female roles are strong and very well-acted.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to teen angst and cannot deal with deep emotions. Averse to physical and emotional abuse. Think males rule the home.

79
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Exploration of familial and quasi-familial relationships interest you. Themes of mothers and daughters, achievement/expectation, racism.

Don't see it if You're easily upset. There are some brutal verbal and even physical assaults.

Also A well-written play very well acted and staged. The women were especia... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy solid theater that shows an interesting view of a culture probably different from your own. A little off-beat & sometimes jarring.

Don't see it if You don't like serious things in your theater, or strong women led theater. The men were good, the women were GREAT.

78
During previews
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Universal issues facing families and young adults portrayed in an Asian context interest you.

Don't see it if The Asian context prevents you from seeing that every women is someone's daughter.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Slow, Relevant, Good staging

See it if Asian 'tiger' women dominate in an overfilled drama. Solid writing amid cliches yet men seemingly fare better amid feminist themes

Don't see it if Adrales' crisp staging helps ease some of the lumpy plotting but female leads are all unsympathetic Hutchinson's talent is evident but raw

70
During previews
Cliched, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if asians and race

Don't see it if dislike racial stereotypes

69
During previews
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.

67
During previews
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.

62
During previews
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.

50
During previews
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.

45
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


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