The Hot Wing King
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The Hot Wing King

The Hot Wing King NYC Reviews and Tickets

(67 Reviews)
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Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

About the Show

Katori Hall's ("Our Lady of Kibeho") new comedy centers around the annual "Hot Wang Festival" in Memphis, TN.

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Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Hall's most comedic endeavor; not w/o its serious side Well staged & very well acted which balances the more overwritten aspects of dramedy

Don't see it if Can be too long & overcooked w/ southern patois getting difficult when the boyz get hot & bothered Yet often wildly entertaining & affecting

House full of unabashed gay black men intent on winning the memphis hot wing competition; tho entertaining, this doesn't push the envelope as katori hall usually does

See it if raucous sitcom, fine comedic ensemble; gourmet approach 2 wings; shows healthy community of gay men, 2 in loving relationship

Don't see it if unchallenging; never rises much above sitcom genre; conclusion: gay men are like the rest of us (but more fun) is not earth shattering


See it if Like a rated-R 90s sitcom exploring the intersectionality of gay Black men: masculinity, homophobia, fatherhood, manhood, love, & community.

Don't see it if No major, heavy plot. Gay love annoys you: each time men kissed, the homophobic(?) woman next to me commented. 2.5 hours with intermission. Read more

Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are interested in a gay group of friends and lovers exploring their place in life. Good acting but writing straight out of tv.

Don't see it if You want something deeper and less cliched.

Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if An enjoyable play depicting relationships among gay black men and with one's straight male relatives. The hot wing contest preparations

Don't see it if The subject matter doesn't appeal to you. Read more

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Endearing comedy exploring what it means to be a family as seen through a household of gay men preparing to win a hot wing cooking contest

Don't see it if It’s long and doesn’t always hold together but it is entertaining and fun and the ensemble is terrific

Relevant, Poignant, Inconsistent, Too long, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Katori Hall's work and/or you want to see a story that has some genuinely funny moments and some truly touching ones, too.

Don't see it if you want a consistent show. This is a mix of comedy and drama that are only somewhat compelling, and the tonal shifts don't quite work.

Too long, Fluffy, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy a comedy about a houseful of black gay men with a couple of serious subplots. Good actors and many entertaining moments.

Don't see it if you will be upset by dialect that is sometimes hard to understand or you have no patience with plays that are clearly too long.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
March 1st, 2020

"In ‘The Hot Wing King,’ a New Recipe for a Family: Katori Hall’s genial play, built around a cooking contest in Memphis, uses a sitcom structure to explore black masculinity."
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March 2nd, 2020

"Katori Hall gets belly laughs out of this domestic comedy about an amateur cook trying to create a signature dish while chaos reigns in the kitchen."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 5th, 2020

"Spicy Family Drama: Katori Hall’s latest is the best example yet of her down-to-earth stories bursting with truth"
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March 1st, 2020

"The Hot Wing King Is Spicier Than a Suicide Drumette: Katori Hall's new play is about a circle of gay black men in Memphis, Tennessee."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 9th, 2020

"Simply transposing standard tropes from gay plays and planting them in an all-black milieu doesn't result in anything remarkably fresh, and certainly not anything particularly flavorful."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 1st, 2020

"Hall's 'The Hot Wing King' does not push the boundaries of theatrical form and style in ways that other shows have, but it is certainly a viable contender. In its unabashed treatment of sexuality, masculinity and race, it is a play to be applauded and savored."
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New York Stage Review
March 1st, 2020

4/5 Stars. "A playful dramedy with an upbeat viewpoint and dynamic characters, The Hot Wing King is agreeably performed by a company of tiptop actors."
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New York Stage Review
March 1st, 2020

4/5 Stars. "A flavorful, bitingly funny drama by Katori Hall. Talk about fowl play..."
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March 6th, 2020

"Strained relationships, personal despair and camaraderie among gay and straight black men are all dramatized in this rewarding contemporary work that has echoes of the wit and pathos of Mart Crowley's 'The Boys in the Band.'"
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Theater Pizzazz
March 1st, 2020

"Like a good hot wing, the play ends up having not just fire, but remarkable depth and flavor, all of which is brought out to perfection by an incredibly talented cast under Steve H. Broadnax III's assured direction."
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Front Row Center
March 2nd, 2020

Score: 95% "Katori Hall loves people. She loves to hear what they have to say. And these fine gentlemen ALL have a lot to say in 'The Hot Wing King.' Hall says,'If I know where a character sits in the house then I can figure out who they are.' Lucky for us there are plenty of seats in this house."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
March 9th, 2020

"A moderately heartwarming, sometimes amusing, occasionally clichéd dramedy with sitcom overtones…Balancing sitcom business and darker issues is a precarious endeavor that the play doesn't always master."
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