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…
"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." Full Review
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." Full Review
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." Full Review
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.
See it if You want to think about the migrant experience in a new way, told by amazing teenagers. It's a small, but very efficient production.
Don't see it if Political theater is too much for you right now.
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.
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.
See it if You interested and in young adults telling their stories of their struggles of migrating or surviving living in the boroughs if NYC.
Don't see it if You are not into documentaries of young adults of various cultures telling their stories of over coming racism & fitting in NYC.
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 .
See it if You are interested in the problems and perspectives of immigrant youth in the city
Don't see it if Reading from scripts, plays that are basically just broken up monologues, although they are monologues by a number of people, annoy you
See it if You like honest stories told by the people who lived them. The 7 actors are all brave and thought-provoking.
Don't see it if You need multiple stimuli at the same time. If Wicked is your type of show, "Generation NYZ" might not be.
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.
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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”.
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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.
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
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.
See it if You are interested in learning first hand about Gen Z young people's lives as immigrants growing up in NYC.
Don't see it if You don't like a performance about NYC immigrant lives.
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