The Brothers Paranormal
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The Brothers Paranormal
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The Brothers Paranormal NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(62 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
Members say
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

About the Show

"The Brothers Paranormal" follows two Thai brothers who launch a business to investigate paranormal activities.

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Member Reviews (62)

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968 Reviews | 226 Followers
71
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if A good cast, nice directing and staging. A story that has twists and turns.

Don't see it if A story that is strong throughout. If you do not like a story that has twists as bd turns and as lock solid plot.

794 Reviews | 215 Followers
81
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you'd enjoy a solid cast dealing with many aspects of the psyche with great sound and lights in an interesting story with quite a few twists

Don't see it if you are not open to exploring what the horrors of the mind can produce, in this case with Asian-Americans and African-Americans.

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
Profound, Scary, Moving, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Brothers investigating a vengeful ghost confront haunts of their own. Themes include cultural transition, grief/suicide, and moving on.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a serious play about difficult topics, with multiple twists. Flashing lights, loud sounds & screams.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
82
Refreshing, Entertaining, Intense, Unexpected, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a very convincing "ghost story" that is more of a family drama about loss, love, grief, guilt, and moving on.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the exploration of ghostly phenomena. Read more

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
79
Quirky, Entertaining, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if interest in the paranormal, family stories, immigrant experience, grieving experiences, unexplained situations, minor special effects

Don't see it if you expect major CGI & lots of scares, need everything unusual to be explained, some predictable twists & surprises, unbelievable friendship

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
76
Great staging, Ambitious, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Well wrought special effects highlight domestic drama about present day ghosts (busters - Thai brothers) Secrets abound in florid melodrama

Don't see it if Despite some contrived situations & mediocre acting; drama has important thoughts on cultural heritage, sense of belonging & souls adrift

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
90
Intelligent, Great staging, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Pan Asian is a winner,, A new surprise every few minutes Clever use of a small set. Lighting special. Theater row sprucing up.

Don't see it if Not a large scale production.. No dancing and singing.

608 Reviews | 121 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great writing, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if About Ghost, Trauma, Healing, with a lot twists and turns.

Don't see it if you want to be scared,(it light) or dislike loud noise or do not like ghost stories.

Critic Reviews (7)

New Yorker
May 13th, 2019

“Produced for the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Gomolvilas’s clever, multilayered play is gratifyingly subtle in its inquiry into migration—the pain of crossing over for the living and the dead alike. Liu’s direction shifts deftly among registers: comedy, melancholy, suspense, and several genuine scares, achieved with the help of some smart lo-fi effects but especially through the performances. Hirano plays an alarmingly agile ghost.”
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BroadwayWorld
May 5th, 2019

"Part ghost story, part family drama, this new play by Prince Gomolvilas mixes scary tactics with heartfelt emotions...Weaving the spiritual world with mental well-being, 'The Brothers Paranormal' will have you guessing what is real and what isn't until the very end. It makes for an entertaining ride but one that will also resonate with anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one."
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TheaterScene.net
May 5th, 2019

"Gomolvilas’ gripping thriller 'The Brothers Paranormal' which crackles with tension from start to finish...Gomolvilas’ horror film-style scenario has been imaginatively conceived for the stage by solid short scenes, smoothly imparted exposition, and humane characters that are all minutely detailed...Gomolvilas’ tremendous command of dramatic writing is matched by the entrancing and frequently scary production...It’s a fascinating, spellbinding, and heartbreaking experience."
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Exeunt Magazine
May 2nd, 2019

"Troupe and Coats, the strongest actors in the piece give a grounded, pragmatic strength and wryness to characters who could easily seem a little too long-suffering...Max is a hard character...requires a complexity in both acting and staging that Kridakorn and director Jeff Liu never quite seem to get a confident handle on...Kridakorn hits the right tone when playing Max as a desperate striver...The design elements don’t help with the tone, either."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
May 13th, 2019

"A conventional ghost story blended into a chunky, hard-to-swallow smoothie with too many disparate ingredients…Over the course of two, overly long hours, a few scenes provide the kind of superficial thrills we're more used to in horror movies than in theatre…When the characters are left to themselves, without the spectral intrusions, things can be dull and talky, with mostly colorless, ploddingly-paced direction and inconsistent performances (and Thai accents) from the cast."
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T
May 5th, 2019

"Despite a few minor glitches, I can definitely say yes. I was scared. But also moved...What makes this play special is its ability to constantly surprise us with unexpected twists and turns...It makes us feel the characters humanity. Most horror films go in for the shock value alone. This one goes a step further, allowing us to feel for three-dimensional characters. This show will intrigue and shock you simultaneously, but yet, fascinatingly, you somehow leave with a sense of hope."
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NYC Splash
May 4th, 2019

"Jeff Liu’s direction is an adroit reading of the play’s pulse, which takes its quiet, deliberative time in building to heart-racing moments but never fails to speed back up fluidly and convincingly when necessary. And the cast ably, believably, skips through the roving genres—and various, plasmatic possibilities."
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