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

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Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Clever

About the Show

Marco Antonio Rodríguez’s adaptation of the hit novel. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles

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Member Reviews (57)

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983 Reviews | 229 Followers
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Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if Good acting and direction. Story for most part too was clever.

Don't see it if Translations are a bit daunting.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
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

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
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Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious, Creative, Funny

See it if a plot that centers on love in many forms works for you. The staging is very basic so everything depends on the talented performers.

Don't see it if missing translations are an issue - sometimes the projections go too quickly or depending on where you are sitting actors block the screen.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
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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

403 Reviews | 104 Followers
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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

417 Reviews | 69 Followers
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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

299 Reviews | 70 Followers
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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

289 Reviews | 91 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
January 24th, 2020
For a previous production

"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."
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Theatermania
October 16th, 2019
For a previous production

"'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."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 21st, 2019
For a previous production

"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."
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Theatre is Easy
October 19th, 2019
For a previous production

"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."
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New York Theater
October 16th, 2019
For a previous production

"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."
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