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

90%
(269 Ratings)
Positive
97%
Mixed
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Negative
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Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Funny

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (261)

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73 Reviews | 10 Followers
100
Intelligent, Epic, Absorbing

See it if you like magical realism.

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish.

107 Reviews | 31 Followers
100
Riveting, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy adaptation of literature that is fresh and cultural. Don’t miss it if you have read the novel. The acting was superb!

Don't see it if you do not like Spanish speaking productions with English subtitles.

228 Reviews | 88 Followers
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!

53 Reviews | 17 Followers
95
Intense, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a coming of age story that also has intense themes of colonialism and colorism and machismo. If you enjoy a wonderful cast.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play in Spanish. The English surtitles worked about 85% as they should. Read more

192 Reviews | 25 Followers
95
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a different story, one about a Dominican-American nerd who imagines himself a super-hero.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy theatre in a foreign language albeit with English translation supertitles. Read more

95 Reviews | 9 Followers
92
Funny, Entertaining, Magical, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of the book and like funny stories infused with pop culture references. It was so fun and delightful in all the ways.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of subtitles (Spanish to English).

72 Reviews | 14 Followers
92
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you liked the novel or are interested in a tragicomedy about a young Dominican looking for love. Outstanding acting by Edgar Sebastian.

Don't see it if you don't know Spanish or do not like reading captions. Otherwise, go! Great performances by the whole cast.

59 Reviews | 7 Followers
91
Creative, Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like storytelling magic that is refreshing and supported by brilliant acting.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of subtitles. I did not find this distracting though.

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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