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WHILE OPHELIA'S KOREAN DRUM WEEPS (FringeNYC)

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Exquisite, Great acting

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: 400 years ago, Ophelia’s heart was stopped. When her Korean drum starts to weep, Ophelia’s heart begins pounding. Now as the curtain opens, Ophelia tells you about her love, loss and longing for her dear mother. More…

Categories: Solo Show, Drama, International. From Young Company.  Based on a play by William Shakespeare, Adapted by Ji-Young Choi. Directed by Ji-Young Choi.


Member Reviews (5)

MEMBERS SAY:

Enchanting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Exquisite, Great acting
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Avg Score

95
Enchanting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy perspectives of minor characters in Shakespeare plays, multi-cultural adaptations, and engrossing acting.

Don't see it if you believe in following the original text closely, even in an adaptation.

98
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Original, Romantic

See it if You appreciate Shakespearean adaptations - this one is particularly gorgeous. She is incredibly talented.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows (but honestly, she is so good at storytelling, that you forget all the other characters aren't actually there).

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love exceptional performance, transformative experiences, deeply moving stories and unbelievable theatre craft

Don't see it if You are trying to avoid beauty

77
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like enchantment

Don't see it if You do not like one person shows

95
Ambitious, Enchanting, Original, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are excited by a skillful weaving of Korean performance tradition with the story of a tragic Shakespearean heroine. Unique & well done!

Don't see it if You are interested in fluff and are not willing to be present and go along for a memorable ride in the hands of a fine and capable artist.


August 22nd, 2016
"Choi gives a sympathetic and touching portrayal of our heroine, one that does not surrender to the well-worn choice of insanity...Choi is also a talented musician, although the drum doesn't seem as integral to the story as the title suggests. Still, the notion of an instrument that reverberates ...
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August 21st, 2016
“What would otherwise be a solid narrative thread gets a bit tangled in the sticky part-where the fiction of Choi’s adaptation meets the 'fact' of Shakespeare’s original...Choi’s deep connection to the character allowed me to enjoy the scenes, but I couldn’t help wondering what the overall drivin...
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August 22nd, 2016
“Choi is an engaging performer, yet the piece unfolds in a predictable manner without very many new insights into Ophelia’s character other than the expressive drum...We don’t really discover anything new about Ophelia, Hamlet or the happenings in Elsinore’s court. But Ji Young Choi is a compel...
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August 20th, 2016
"I am deeply grateful that I had the honor of being present for Ji Young Choi’s gift...Choi–as the writer, performer, designer, dancer, drummer, director–is breathtaking. She has captured the watery essence of Ophelia with arresting fragility and startling heartache...The piece was underscored by...
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