Generation NYZ
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Generation NYZ

Generation NYZ NYC Reviews and Tickets

(40 Reviews)
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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.

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897 Reviews | 374 Followers
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. Read more

668 Reviews | 156 Followers
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. Read more

431 Reviews | 132 Followers
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. Read more

360 Reviews | 222 Followers
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. Read more

410 Reviews | 71 Followers
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,.

385 Reviews | 60 Followers
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.

379 Reviews | 55 Followers
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. Read more

353 Reviews | 51 Followers
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 Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

New York Theater
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 lives deepen and differentiate. The normal struggles are filtered through their specific circumstances. Their challenges can include overcoming poverty and bigotry and violence."
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The New York Times
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...Skates right up to the line where eat-your-spinach theater begins. This expertly constructed show manages never to cross that divide."
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Village Voice
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 school, going around the room....It holds the enchantment that hearing about any individual’s life can hold. By the end, I loved and admired them all."
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