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The Brothers Paranormal

From 62 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

About the show

"The Brothers Paranormal" follows two Thai brothers who launch a business to investigate paranormal activities. More…

When they investigate the home of an African-American couple, who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, their notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth. This play highlights how present-day humanity deals with grief and the beauty of compassion that is revealed even in our darkest hours.


Member Reviews (62)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging
81
Avg Score

71
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if A good cast, nice directing and staging. A story that has twists and turns.

Don't see it if A story that is strong throughout. If you do not like a story that has twists as bd turns and as lock solid plot.

85
Profound, Scary, Moving, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Brothers investigating a vengeful ghost confront haunts of their own. Themes include cultural transition, grief/suicide, and moving on.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a serious play about difficult topics, with multiple twists. Flashing lights, loud sounds & screams.

90
Intelligent, Great staging, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Pan Asian is a winner,, A new surprise every few minutes Clever use of a small set. Lighting special. Theater row sprucing up.

Don't see it if Not a large scale production.. No dancing and singing.

76
Great staging, Ambitious, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Well wrought special effects highlight domestic drama about present day ghosts (busters - Thai brothers) Secrets abound in florid melodrama

Don't see it if Despite some contrived situations & mediocre acting; drama has important thoughts on cultural heritage, sense of belonging & souls adrift

82
Refreshing, Entertaining, Intense, Unexpected, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a very convincing "ghost story" that is more of a family drama about loss, love, grief, guilt, and moving on.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the exploration of ghostly phenomena.

Also Despite a few stiff, labored performances (& thanks to a couple of ver... Read more Read less

79
Quirky, Entertaining, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if interest in the paranormal, family stories, immigrant experience, grieving experiences, unexplained situations, minor special effects

Don't see it if you expect major CGI & lots of scares, need everything unusual to be explained, some predictable twists & surprises, unbelievable friendship

81
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you'd enjoy a solid cast dealing with many aspects of the psyche with great sound and lights in an interesting story with quite a few twists

Don't see it if you are not open to exploring what the horrors of the mind can produce, in this case with Asian-Americans and African-Americans.

72
Slow, Overrated, Great staging, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Schizophrenic phony Thai ghost-debunker with demons of his own, plots to swindle willing near-miss Hurricane Katrina victim. Shocks & jolts.

Don't see it if Sole grounded performance by near-victim, Dawn Troupe, providing much-needed calm and gravity in a sea of amateurs. Debt to The Babadook.

Also "If I'm inventing you only in my mind, then you have to exist in my re... Read more Read less

100
Entertaining, Great writing, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if About Ghost, Trauma, Healing, with a lot twists and turns.

Don't see it if you want to be scared,(it light) or dislike loud noise or do not like ghost stories.

85
Scary, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a well written play with a lot of surprising twists. I am not into paranormal but I really enjoyed this show.

Don't see it if you absolutely won't see anything to do with paranormal or if you don't like scary moments.

Also The small stage was very effectively used and the lighting was great. ... Read more Read less

79
Great writing, Fine ensemble acting, Great special effects, lighting, and sound design

See it if 2 Thai brothers have paranormal investigation business and work to resolve house haunting for Ethiopian immigrants. Surprise twists & turns.

Don't see it if If you are bothered by sudden loud sounds and flashes of bright light. You don’t like plots with ghosts or supernatural phenomena.

83
Thai ghostbusters aid haunted black couple in a real thriller

See it if Ghost story with spooky special effects and spine-tingling sound. Lots of goosebumps for me. The Thai brothers are fine, handsome actors.

Don't see it if you scare easily. I found the twisty plot satisfying. You are never sure what's real and what's imagined. Coats and Troupe are excellent.

85
Satisfying, Refreshing, Riveting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Grabs your attention, doesn’t let go. Well written/edited: doesn’t take on more than it can handle, effortlessly enjoyable. Likable chars.

Don't see it if not into malevolent ghosts. You’re not yet tired of the same old searing portrait of reality slice of life blaah.

Also Successful horror play! Horror rarely succeeds onstage. I can’t imagin... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like other worldly themes and spiritual pursuits (or mental health), if you enjoy plots about family dynamics and immigrant experiences.

Don't see it if you scare easily, you do not enjoy paranormal story lines, are sensitive to family deaths, or do not like surprise twists.

49
Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like talky plays that attempt to scare you but really do not.

Don't see it if you were expecting an exciting and terrifying evening. This play needs editing.

88
Riveting, Great acting, Funny, Spooky, Suspenseful

See it if you want a ghost story with humor, references to horror movies and a big dollop of human compassion. Well done and thoroughly enjoyable.

Don't see it if you don't like small venues or supernatural stories.

69
Somewhat insightful, Unfulfilling, Not believable, Disappointing, Uneven acting

See it if you like paranormal themes, exploration of family relationships and problems immigrants face living in a "new" society.

Don't see it if you expect consistently good acting and stories that are realistic that provide somewhat in-depth focus on relationships over fantasy.

85
Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting

See it if You like ghost stories. You think a little scary is fun.

Don't see it if You don't like loud noises.

73
Cliched

See it if A ghost hunter's family drama mixed with a couple stricken with adversities and a haunting. Few touching moments coming to terms with life.

Don't see it if Ghost / horror isn't your thing. Uneven acting, predictable plot.

Also Ticket from Show Score for $5.... Read more Read less

81
Slow, yet, quick, Cliched, Must see, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Don't miss the beginning! There are some Thai cliches, but, they acknowledge that; the Thai audience members seemed to agree. Slight accents

Don't see it if Small talented cast of minorities, meshing their experiences together. Needs very little work, but, overall ok. Good special effects. Go See

70
Effectively frightening

See it if Really professional special effects, sound and lighting combine to create some genuine scares. All 3 older actors excellent.

Don't see it if Writing is too expository with some rambling stories thrown in ineffectively to add naturalness.Story not great. Too pat ending.

81
Intense (at points), Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

See it if you like examinations of different cultural traditions and plots with a few twists

Don't see it if you have no interest in paranormal investigation or can't handle a few "horror" scenes

Also The "customer" characters were really well played.

69
Indulgent, Banal, Ambitious, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you like horror stories and/or believe in ghosts.

Don't see it if you want to see a well written play about the paranormal.

Also Some of the actors were very good.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you want to see a show that tries to scare you and if you are interested in ghosts. The second act is way better than the first.

Don't see it if you want to see a well written play, one that is fast paced and can hold your attention.

89
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you Ike a well crafted suspense.

Don't see it if If you don’t like a small stage.

Also I was pleasantly surprised on how good this production was. A close fr... Read more Read less


May 13th, 2019
“Produced for the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Gomolvilas’s clever, multilayered play is gratifyingly subtle in its inquiry into migration—the pain of crossing over for the living and the dead alike. Liu’s direction shifts deftly among registers: comedy, melancholy, suspense, and several genuine ...
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May 5th, 2019
"Part ghost story, part family drama, this new play by Prince Gomolvilas mixes scary tactics with heartfelt emotions...Weaving the spiritual world with mental well-being, 'The Brothers Paranormal' will have you guessing what is real and what isn't until the very end. It makes for an entertaining ...
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May 5th, 2019
"Gomolvilas’ gripping thriller 'The Brothers Paranormal' which crackles with tension from start to finish...Gomolvilas’ horror film-style scenario has been imaginatively conceived for the stage by solid short scenes, smoothly imparted exposition, and humane characters that are all minutely detail...
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May 2nd, 2019
"Troupe and Coats, the strongest actors in the piece give a grounded, pragmatic strength and wryness to characters who could easily seem a little too long-suffering...Max is a hard character...requires a complexity in both acting and staging that Kridakorn and director Jeff Liu never quite seem t...
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