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Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Funny

About the show

National Asian American Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a new play that fuses an Agatha Christie murder mystery with the birth of Asian American Theatre. More…

1967. The auspicious beginnings of a new political identity called Asian American, as a young literary hippie named Frank essays an inscrutable Chinese detective. A harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ends in a grotesque carnival of murder.Lloyd Suh's "Charles Francis Chan, Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery" is NAATCO's first commission. It is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles," the novel that introduced Hercule Poirot.

Member Reviews (12)


Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Funny
Avg Score

Amazing original supremely clever

See it if Pure fun and intelligent, too. The Asian artist in America channeled through the characters in the old Charlie Chan movies

Don't see it if Jeffrey Omura is great as the Number One son character. Jeffrey Biehl nails Charlie Chan played by a white actor. Priceless!

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in Asian American ideas/actors/plays, etc. You are looking for social commentary.

Don't see it if you are offended by yellow face, even if done as a a way to discuss stereotypes.

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you are up for a refreshingly well-articulated satirical look at the Asian American experience.

Don't see it if you are looking for a short evening with no intermission, as it's kind of long (but worth it!).

Refreshing, Offbeat, Wacky, Unresolved

See it if Want to support Asian American actors and stories, to hear rapid fire dialogue delivered impeccably

Don't see it if for a conventional plot, don't believe Asians are the target of discrimination, or know ditto without needing to be hit over the head w it

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like bold theatre that makes you laugh, think. And feel.

Don't see it if You have a weird hangup about going to TriBeCa to see plays.

Funny, Great acting, Clever, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you support artists of color, social satire

Don't see it if you hate those things

Entertaining, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like theatre that challenges the status quo and that is both entertaining and thought provoking.

Don't see it if you don't like to be challenged by theatre!

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if if you are interested in issues of representation, you want to see more Asian American stories, you want to be challenged intellectually

Don't see it if you don't like a blending of styles, you are looking for realism

Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if Must see!!

Don't see it if Must see!

Absorbing, Clever, Confusing

See it if Really weird and interesting stuff. I am drawn to this type Of entertainment/boundary pushing

Don't see it if You don't appreciate Asian culture

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Cliched

See it if You like challenge

Don't see it if You don't like challenge


See it if great

Don't see it if great

November 10th, 2015
"This murder mystery, directed with flair and occasional frenzy by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, is a metatheatrical polemic about the way Asian-Americans have been characterized and caricatured in popular culture...Mr. Suh’s preoccupation is with the construction and collapse of identity. All the actors...
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November 16th, 2015
"Clever, witty and engaging, Lloyd Suh’s high-concept play is about as unique as it gets for New York theater. The play constantly teeters between hilarious and offensive, and the exploitation of racial stereotypes spurs much laughter but also serves as a reminder that there is a lot of work to b...
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November 18th, 2015
"Under bold direction by Drama Desk Award-winner Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, the theatricality and metatheatricality are richly rendered, bleeding the two worlds together effortlessly, and handling an at times densely polemic script with hilarious grace...Suh’s take on the delicate matter of race relat...
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November 6th, 2015
"It has the verve of improv, the imaginative variety of sketch comedy, and the ideological passion of agitprop...'The Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery' features a first-rate cast…For all its cartoonish aspects, Suh's writing is serious of purpose throughout. The play evokes plenty of laughter with ...
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