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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

100
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

84
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

77
Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Intense

See it if into ghosts/ paranormal; ethnically diverse cast; use of foreign languages; dark themes

Don't see it if easily scared; the theatre is pitch dark, with occasional loud noises - ghostly sounds/images

69
Slow, Good scary effects, Ambitious, Clever

See it if ..you'll enjoy a good ghost story about Thai immigrants dealing with profound loss. Good interracial relationships

Don't see it if .. 2 hrs is too long. Talky scenes are slow

83
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

70
Letting go

See it if You loved The Sixth Sense. Good acting. Good lighting. No ear-splitting music prior to curtain. Comfortable seating.

Don't see it if A little long at two hours even with an intermission. Could be tightened up. Loud noises and strobe lighting. Minimal set. Poor staging.

Also I found myself absorbed in the world of these characters to the degree... Read more Read less

92
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

79
Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are fascinated by ghosts and apparitions and the paranormal within a Thai cultural setting.

Don't see it if You are scared of ghosts, or are not open minded. This does force you to think about things in a different way.

80
Intelligent writing, Good special effects, Well acted, A little scary, Absorbing

See it if you like ghost stories with a twist, you want to enJOY hearing Asian American and African American voices

Don't see it if you scare easily and don't like it, want big production and don't like plays that discuss mental health

Also i was pleasantly surprise at how engaging this play was

73
Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You are intrigued by the ideas of presenting a rather sad version of the ghost busters on stage,... There are some funny moments though.

Don't see it if You are scared of ghosts, some scary moments.

77
Slow, Intense, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like ghost stories and a plot that twists and turns.

Don't see it if You are easily frightened.

100
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

90
Great technical fx, Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like drama/psycological/ suspense thriller/horror/ & some humor rolled into one...in 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 !

90
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.

75
Original, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if basically 2 stories intertwined into one by paranormal events. Quite interesting and outside the box.

Don't see it if a plot point later in the play appears a bit contrived

88
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

89
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.

78
Creepy effects, Slow, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Smartly written story, elements of family drama, love, loss and grief, the immigrant experience, and ghostly goings on. Surprise twists!

Don't see it if Don't like supernatural theme, loud noises, jump scares, creepy figures, some talky scenes slow down the action.

Also Front row seat put me really close to ghost action and was a little di... Read more Read less

80
Thoughtful, Great staging

See it if Mashup of horror and family drama for a look at how different people work through trauma and separation. Great lighting & sound!

Don't see it if Certain scenes drag without much narrative force- instead of producing melancholia they describe it.

78
Edgy, Enhanced by sound and light effects, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Play with good character depictions and unexpected twists with paranormal storyline.

Don't see it if Have no interest in the occult.

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays with interesting ideas told in a very different and creative way.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or something light.

Also The play is partly about coming to terms with death. There are many ot... Read more Read less

74
Great acting, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you like paranormal experiences

Don't see it if you dont want to be scared

89
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

73
Eerie, Tense, Ambitious

See it if you'd be interested in a show that has elements of crossed cultures and family drama, with some paranormal creepiness tossed in.

Don't see it if you want a well-honed production. What you come to understand about the characters is meaningful, but it's a bit of a slog to get there.

Also The character of the mother played by Emily Kuroda supplies a charming... Read more Read less

83
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


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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