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The Brothers Paranormal

From 7 critic and 60 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.


"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 detailed...Gomolvilas’ tremendous command of dramatic writing is matched by the entrancing and frequently scary production...It’s a fascinating, spellbinding, and heartbreaking experience." Full Review

Theater That Matters

"Despite a few minor glitches, I can definitely say yes. I was scared. But also moved...What makes this play special is its ability to constantly surprise us with unexpected twists and turns...It makes us feel the characters humanity. Most horror films go in for the shock value alone. This one goes a step further, allowing us to feel for three-dimensional characters. This show will intrigue and shock you simultaneously, but yet, fascinatingly, you somehow leave with a sense of hope." Full Review

New Yorker

“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 scares, achieved with the help of some smart lo-fi effects but especially through the performances. Hirano plays an alarmingly agile ghost.” Full Review

NYC Splash

"Jeff Liu’s direction is an adroit reading of the play’s pulse, which takes its quiet, deliberative time in building to heart-racing moments but never fails to speed back up fluidly and convincingly when necessary. And the cast ably, believably, skips through the roving genres—and various, plasmatic possibilities." Full Review


"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 ride but one that will also resonate with anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"A conventional ghost story blended into a chunky, hard-to-swallow smoothie with too many disparate ingredients…Over the course of two, overly long hours, a few scenes provide the kind of superficial thrills we're more used to in horror movies than in theatre…When the characters are left to themselves, without the spectral intrusions, things can be dull and talky, with mostly colorless, ploddingly-paced direction and inconsistent performances (and Thai accents) from the cast." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"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 to get a confident handle on...Kridakorn hits the right tone when playing Max as a desperate striver...The design elements don’t help with the tone, either." Full Review

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.

Must see, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Are interested in ghosts, Pan Asian shows this for you.Great writing & plot & special effects. The cast is superb. Riveting

Don't see it if Don't like ghosts, spirits and the paranormal

Off the charts great entertainment, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy

See it if For people who want to be entertained, thrilled & excited by unusual plays that deal with paranormal phenomena & human psyche. Funny. Moving

Don't see it if U hate fun. U have no humor. U judge smaller budget plays by snobbish Broadway standards or by phony supercilious pro theater critic’s view.

Also The Paranormal Brothers is OMG off the charts entertainment! If you si... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy clever theater that is thought provoking, surprising and entertaining. You care more about psychology than about horror

Don't see it if you are sensitive to death / ghosts. If scary special effects are anxiety triggering for you

Great writing, Great sound & light effects, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like to see an original story partly about paranormal activities, partly about humans feeling displaced from their country or home town.

Don't see it if if you can't handle sudden loud noises or light flashes or if you don't like anything related to paranormal.

Also I usually don't like stories about paranormal phenomena but went to se... Read more Read less

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.

Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like paranormal, mystery and discovery into unknown.

Don't see it if You're bothered by ghost, or topics that deal with grief.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Riveting, Resonant

See it if You want to see a truly original work about the immigrant experience and displaced Americans. First Thai American play I’ve seen.

Don't see it if You’re expecting just a ghost story. It’s much more than that but it’s better to see it without knowing the plot.

Great technical fx, Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like drama/psycological/ suspense thriller/horror/ & some humor rolled into an unpredictable plot full of surprises. Well done!

Don't see it if you want elaborate stage/big cast/ light musicals. Though venue is small & set is minimal, they worked well w/ great sounds & lighting FX !

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

Thought-provoking, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy thrilling theater, good writing, and staging. Very thought provoking.

Don't see it if you don't like chilling theater.

Moving, Entertaining, Heartwarming, Surprising, Thought-provoking

See it if You are open to the possibility of the supernatural, you enjoy seeing family dynamics played out inter- and cross-culturally

Don't see it if You are grieving a loss and could be triggered, need big splashy sets, are not interested in cultures that might be different from yours

Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a fast moving play with great acting that absorbs your attention with its clever, often surprising plot twists.

Don't see it if if the subject of death and ghosts combined with scary sound effects and visuals is disturbing to you.

Also My friend and I saw this play last night and were completely absorbed ... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Ragged, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want a suspenseful drama about ghosts, family, and exorcises the past.

Don't see it if you want to be shocked. It's not really scary and some of the design elements undercut the play.

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

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.

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

Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great writing

See it if you like a layered story that explores spiritual memory, loss, and displacement

Don't see it if you don't like "ghost" or immigration stories

Also A clever story about immigration and displacement under the disguise o... Read more Read less

Riveting, Masterful, Clever, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if Want to see talented work of multicultural cast; learn something about different cultures and to be scary

Don't see it if Not a fun of paranormal or not mentally stable and easy frightening (nothing bad about it, I was scary also) by loud sounds and sharp lights

Also Very easy watching show, too bad that the room was not full. The write... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if I work with paranormal experiences so I found it extremely interesting and the acting was very good.

Don't see it if If you don't believe in the paranormal and if you aren't interested in learning more about it

Masterful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if U are interested in horror story,deals with ghosts,family dynamic, paranormal activity, immigration issues, dealing with past, intercultural

Don't see it if U are not a fan of shows that deals with issues above,Pan Asian theater, small theater with small cast, loud noises,screaming,dramatic light

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.

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

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