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Generation NYZ

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant

About the show

In Ping Chong + Company's piece, young cast members illuminate the challenges and joys of growing up in NYC, and all that goes into making our city inclusive, gritty, determined, creative and rich with community. More…

Syl, Porscha, Edwin, Mohammad, Monica, De-Andra and Rafael speak their truths and share their true stories on stage. From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, witness the jubilant victories, recent discord and distant dreams of coming of age in this great, big city. 

Member Reviews (40)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant
82
Avg Score

79
Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing, Uneven acting

See it if You want to see something rather different, not as polished as it could be but shining a light on topics that all too often stay hidden.

Don't see it if You want a traditional linear plot line with experienced actors.

Also I found this interesting. Honestly I was prepared to hate it. Thought ... Read more Read less

96
Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like to hear firsthand from a wide range of young New Yorkers what their lives are like.

Don't see it if you only want to see a play: these young performers have dramatic stories, but traditional drama is not the form they use to tell them.

Also This is the most encouraging theater piece I have seen in a while -- h... Read more Read less

80
Poignant, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Like docu-theatre that's scripted/told by Gen Z cast re their real-life immigrant experiences in the (non-Manhattan) areas of NYC. STUNNING.

Don't see it if Cast reads bits of their stories while seated in front of projections. Some accents thick. There's repetitive action. It's emotional/moving.

Also This is a unique and special theatrical work. I was immediately drawn ... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Informational, Emotionally affecting

See it if Seven gen Z New Yorkers alternately deliver autobiographical sketches describing their family, school and community experiences growing up.

Don't see it if You want a production with a traditional plot, with dialog and events portrayed by acting,.

82
Heartfelt, Inspiring, Relevant, Resonant, Worthwhile

See it if stories of GenZ immigrants facing & coping with harsh realities of life in NYC area. Bullying, racism,family pressure, gender issues & more

Don't see it if expect polished production; have no compassion; have difficulty with accents; don't like the idea of performers reading from scripts.

Also The 7 performers told their personal stories which made the production... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if A creative look at the diversity of today’s youth. A captivating experience for both the actors and audience. This show has legs!

Don't see it if If you expect to see a traditional linear story or if you perfer musicals .

95
Intelligent, Must see, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want an extremely moving experience from 7 young people who have experienced the immigrant dilemma of today. WOW! Powerful!

Don't see it if you are looking for a linear play.This is a reading by those who experienced what you are hearing. Just give in and see it.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Relevant, Slow

See it if you would like to see seven young immigrants to NY., one after the other, tell about their lives growing up.

Don't see it if you expect to see a well written, produced and acted play about young immigrants in NY

Also The play did not work for me.

84
Relevant, Moving, Inspiring, Simply yet effectively staged, Refreshing

See it if you are interested in hearing young voices, stories of immigrants, and want to feel optimistic for the future of the US.

Don't see it if you want something more polished and produced. Some of the 7 young people are more effective story tellers than others. A bit repetitive.

86
Delightful, Relevant

See it if The hard knock lives of true NY youth of many cultures, identities, and aspirations. Epic journeys of growth in few years.

Don't see it if Dislike diverse youth or true stories. Non dramatic readings of their own lives without props.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

65
Disappointing, Overrated, Relevant

See it if You want to hear about various problems that teens face with family and society that is very poorly directed and produced, making it difficu

Don't see it if If you want to see a well done production.

84
Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if want to hear what life was like for some 20 year olds who grew up under difficult circumstances in NYC.

Don't see it if don't like listening to scripts read on stage; don't like documentaries of any sort

Also I found the format very interesting and creative - basically, the seve... Read more Read less

84
Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an honest exploration of the lives of these young people, sometimes intensely emotional and sometimes surprisingly humorous

Don't see it if you're not interested in the issues facing young people, especially in poor and.or immigrant communities

Also I had the good fortune to be sitting among a group of high school stud... Read more Read less

54
Relevant, Honest effort, Amateurish, Annoying format, Writing assignment "feel"

See it if want to inform yourself about lower/middle class young peoples' travails as they try to overcome their difficult environments to succeed.

Don't see it if you expect "professional" performances, direction and writing.

82
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate hearing the stories of millennials from diverse and difficult backgrounds speak in short monologues. Sad & Without self pity

Don't see it if You want something light and action packed with a fancy set

78
Thought-provoking, Moving, inspirational

See it if You want a chance to hear how young people from various circumstances have fared in nyc and are a part of the arts. Inspiring stories.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play with plot line

78
Genuinely inspiring, Generally untheatrical, Gently moving, Genial

See it if you want to watch 7 young people tell the story of their life so far & if you're interested in hot button issues of gender and immigration.

Don't see it if you're a social conservative or require a plot and theatricality. Several in the cast barely look up from their script on a music stand.

85
Absorbing, Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You want to listen to story of seven young adults from different backgrounds grow up in rough neighborhoods in NY tell their own story

Don't see it if You do not like barebone theater, not interested in real life, coming age story, not fan young adult work

Also I liked the fact that the stories are told first hand, all the challen... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Everyone should see! You are a human being interested in the trials we face individually and collectively. You care about your neighbors.

Don't see it if Gender identity, racism, bullying, parental abuse/neglect and overcoming adversity are issues that you think are “fake news”.

Also Do. Not. Miss. This.

77
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like a love letter to the diversity and opportunities of NYC from a group of interesting performers. A play that might change minds.

Don't see it if You like preaching to the choir, this show has a light touch. Didn’t like the staging or the performers seeming to read their stories.

Also Should also note that this is an interweaving multiple monologue show ... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to spend 75 minutes with 7 NYC kids who tell their stories of growing up in a society that has a hard time “ understanding “ them

Don't see it if You live under a rock and really don’t care about the problems that most youngsters have to face growing up in today’s world.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if If you like real life stories about the struggles of immigrants that come to america for a better life. Beautifully done!

Don't see it if If you are homophobic or have a problem with diversity

80
Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You want a brave glimpse into the stories and complications of a diverse group of young people in NYC.

Don't see it if You are looking for traditional theater, can not empathize or under the misconception that youth lacks meaningful contribution.

97
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you are interested in some of today's NYC youth: all 7 have experienced times of not belonging and now courageously tell their stories.

Don't see it if today's problems are of no interest to you or you don't want to spend your free time thinking about them.

Also This is one of the most hopeful and encouraging theater I have seen in... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want see kids tell their heartbreaking stories but with happy positive endings.

Don't see it if You like splashy productions.


January 29th, 2019
"To the seven young performers who tell the stories of their lives in 'Generation NYZ,' New York means subways and pizza and opportunity, but also cops and catcalling and homelessness...They tell, in other words, the story of New York, and of America...As they tell us about growing up, their live...
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January 15th, 2018
for a previous production "Generating empathy, defying small-mindedness, this is an inherently political show that arrives at a time of fervently uncivil discourse...Some of the performers have stage experience, but they are playing themselves, and all are unvarnished enough that their charm comes from their everydayness....
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January 20th, 2018
for a previous production "Would make you think more sharply about the actual effects of the Orange Narcissist’s prejudices — and the actual people on whom those effects are visited...Zatz and Traber have cunningly structured the piece to be both formally organized and easy-going — just kids on the first day at a new scho...
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