Already closed | 1h 0m | Midtown W

The Emperor's Nightingale

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

About the show

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre presents an encore staging of this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Nightingale,” set in 18th-century China. More…

"The Emperor's Nightingale" brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong who befriends a magical bird who helps him learn what he must do to be King. The play employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry, and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell the tale. A show for the whole family.

1h 0m | Already closed | Theatre Row Complex (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (14)

MEMBERS SAY:

Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious
77
Avg Score

74
Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if If you like a children's show. Kids loved it was good 1 he entertainment.

Don't see it if If you want a bigger production. Stage was small for this show.

79
Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Delightful

See it if you enjoy children's fables brought to the stage with a historical twist. Here a small cast does a commendable job in good costumes in 1 hr.

Don't see it if you want a full staged production - this is limited but effective. A bit of trouble hearing two soft voices. Loud noises may be upsetting.

65
Great puppets, interesting lighting, uneven acting, weak writing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a show written for children that is very simple

Don't see it if weak writing and uneven acting are a turn off

Also I'm not sure why a Chinese take-off on a Hans Christian Andersen tale ... Read more Read less

67
Edgy, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a traditional Chinese folktale and add a modern touch.

Don't see it if Poor acting and Disastrous rapping. Just skip it.

70
Great costumes, Funny, Delightful, Primarily for children

See it if You enjoy children's productions & set reasonable expectations, Fair amount of laughed especially from the "tiger"

Don't see it if You are expecting a polished or particularly poetic piece, or if uneven skill on stage would bother you

85
Great for whole family, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy dramatized fables with a modern twist; if you're looking for an entertaining show for all ages.

Don't see it if you don't like new interpretations of classic tales.

90
Funny, Educational, Entertaining, A true delight for audiences of all ages!

See it if You’re young no matter what your age, but the singing, and comedic acting and beautiful costumes will transport you to 17th century China.

Don't see it if You don’t wish to see a play especially written for an under-10 audience.

Also Seeing this play made me appreciate it as if I were a child. I loved t... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like play with period costomes

Don't see it if you dont like great actings

76
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if It’s not easy to have a show that could be enjoyed by both adults and children. This is a great family show for about an hour running time.

Don't see it if You expect a grand production.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Delightful one hour show for both children and adults with humorous moments in a tale well told.

Don't see it if If you like in depth, absorbing theatre this is not the show for you.

For a previous production
81
Clever, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you would like a delightful play for your children that is under an hour. Nicely staged and nice ideas for children to absorb.

Don't see it if you want a deep drama for adults. Grown ups can enjoy this show, but I would recommend mainly for children. The tigers are very funny.

For a previous production
80
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy seeing a fable come to life. Great for a family audience. The piece translates well with today's audiences.

Don't see it if you don't have or want to experience the imagination of a child. Also if you don't like a play with a moral lesson attached to it.

For a previous production
68
Family friendly, Good acting, Funny

See it if you like to see new spins on old fairy tales

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are related to fairy tales or where people play talking animals

For a previous production
80
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you want to share in a wonderful story for all ages. Enchanting. Fun. Thoughtful.

Don't see it if you don't like exploring stories for the kid in all of us.


December 10th, 2018
for a previous production “Inventive staging and stellar design...Combines Andersen’s ‘The Nightingale’ with 18th-century Chinese politic...Chua presents a power struggle between teenage half brothers...whose father challenges them to prove who’s more worthy to succeed him...Many comic elements are played so broadly that ...
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December 4th, 2018
for a previous production "Although Chua is less interested in beauty for beauty's sake than Andersen, the look and sound of 'The Emperor's Nightingale is still stunning, drawing on a wealth of traditional Chinese art forms to both enliven and culturally ground the story. Leading the way are Wolfslau's period-inspired sco...
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December 5th, 2018
for a previous production “Anderson’s original tale of a sweetly singing nightingale that captures a Chinese Emperor’s fancy, is changed to a morality play about leadership. In keeping with Pan Asian Repertory’s mission to highlight Asian theatrical traditions and use Asian performers, Chua has loaded his production with ...
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December 3rd, 2018
for a previous production "This delightful production employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell this thrilling tale."
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