La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)
Ends Dec 12 2h 0m
La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)
90

La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) NYC Reviews and Tickets

90%
(52 Reviews)
Positive
100%
Mixed
0%
Negative
0%
Members say
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Clever

About the Show

Marco Antonio Rodríguez’s adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will debut at Repertorio Español in the fall. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (52)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed
75
Quirky, Relevant, Confusing, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Humorous situations & fine comedic performances esp Sebastian's Oscar & Bonilla's "mother of mine" hold interest when plot gets convoluted

Don't see it if Rodriguez's adapt feels muddled & abridged w/an inability to integrate the superhero element cogently It's best when depicting Oscar's angst

90
Refreshing, Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you would enjoy a contemporary story filled with great characters dealing with life. A wonderful book is brought to life w/great direction.

Don't see it if you do not understand Spanish are not familiar with the story - it is impossible to keep up with the supertitles due to the volume. Read more

78
Relevant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you read or are planning to read the novel. Fun story, well done.

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and are a slow reader. It was hard to keep up with and see the super titles. Many of the jokes went over my head. Read more

88
Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see an ethnic author from an immigrant family destroying myths about immigration

Don't see it if you can't use supertitles and don't speak Spanish. You can not let go of immigration myths. Read more

90
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a wonderful. Engrossing play with fabulous actors

Don't see it if You have trouble with subtitles

85
Quirky, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you read and enjoyed the book--it's a faithful adaptation in terms of tone. If you are interested in coming of age stories, Latino culture.

Don't see it if you don't want to read supertitles, if you don't understand even a little Spanish (or don't mind missing some words that aren't translated.) Read more

100
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if This adaptation of the book by Juno Diaz was awesome!The actors are perfect,it's as if they just stepped out of the pages of the book.Bravo!

Don't see it if go see this brilliant play with an impeccable cast.Oscar will make you laugh,cry,& forget all the cynicism that exist in this world.See it!

88
Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Very funny & very touching play about the life of some Latino immigrants,performed by talented actors, on an interesting setting.

Don't see it if not crazy about the subtitle system, too fast at times. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
January 24th, 2020

"The Tragedy, and Comedy, of Manhood In a Spanish-language stage adaptation of the Junot Díaz novel, the friendship between two Dominican men is a testing ground for competing visions of masculinity."
Read more

Theatermania
October 16th, 2019

"'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' Becomes a New Spanish Play Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel receives a world-premiere stage adaptation at Repertorio Español."
Read more

Lighting & Sound America
October 21st, 2019

"A straightforward, workmanlike run-through of the book's main narrative, minus its highly individual voice, and stripped of much of its power; Marco Antonio Rodríguez's adaptation puts one in mind of Reader's Digest Condensed Books."
Read more

Theatre is Easy
October 19th, 2019

"A Theasy Best Bet…packs a poignant punch but also delivers an entertaining production…this adaptation feels truthful to the aesthetics of the original text…It's a tale that will move you in unexpected ways."
Read more

New York Theater
October 16th, 2019

"There's much to delight in the vivid characters in the story, and in the several cultures they reflect - Dominican culture, immigrant culture, Comic-con culture - but for the uninitiated it requires extra attention...well-acted, warmhearted entertainment that transcends language even as it plays with it."
Read more

Watch This Next (3)

86
Excellent
51 Reviews
Ends Jan 29
NYC: East Village

Sondheim's dark, TONY-winning musical comes to CSC in a new star-studded production. 

84
Great
108 Reviews
Opens Dec 05
NYC: Midtown W

This new family-friendly musical comedy is based on the beloved 1993 film of the same name.

79
Good
132 Reviews
Ends Jan 16
NYC: Midtown W

Emmy winners Uzo Aduba and Ron Cephas Jones star in a play by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage.