1399230286 orphan 920
4.2 / 5 Rated by 182 members
Review from Thomas O'Leary
Red Velvet 200 events 81 reviews

Another fine scenic design by Daniel Ostling surrounding a strained production of an essentially boring, hyper emotional story. The banal dialogue made a cast of mostly fine actors seem like semi-amatures working very hard at their larger than...continued

reviewed Jun 04 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from e_jannell@comcast.net
Red Velvet 12 events 10 reviews

The show reflected Chinese culture and history. The set was creative and allowed for rapid scene changes with no big moves or prop setting. The actors were all marvelous and the story was thought provoking and timeless. I especially loved seeing...continued

reviewed Jun 07 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Jane
56 events 29 reviews

The play relies on cultural assumptions about sacrifice and absolute loyalty that are so different from modern western society's that they are hard to understand or accept. But unlike my seatmate, I could suspend my disbelief, and found Orphan...continued

reviewed Jun 10 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Dorothy
33 events 10 reviews

This is a classic Chinese play. Yes, on the surface the dialog might seem awkward and stage-performance like. The story might seem overtly emotional. But if you actually consider the cultural context of China, the ancient teachings of loyalty...continued

reviewed Jun 05 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from MAARRI DONALDSON
13 events 5 reviews

This production was totally wonderful - including the theme of sacrifice, loyalty, honor, duty, love, remembrance of ancestors, the stageing of this Chinese folk tale was imaginative, creative, allowed for quick changes of scene and agile...continued

reviewed Jun 12 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
11 events 3 reviews

This play was really moving with wonderful songs and scripts, an excellent adaptation of a Chinese classic.

reviewed Jun 07 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Maxine
11 events 2 reviews

Very emotional!

reviewed Jun 14 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from E. A. Drew
6 events 2 reviews

very moving .... very well done .... heart rending though

reviewed Jun 12 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Shirley Huey
15 events 1 review

A moving production - great performances, interesting staging.

reviewed Jun 07 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Cecile
22 events 1 review

I love BD Wong plus all the cast members.

reviewed Jun 05 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Carol Ostermann
4 events 1 review

I really enjoyed this production. It's been a while since I've been to an ACT event and now I regret my absence. The Orphan was a truly unique experience .. the stark staging was very effective making for smooth transition scene-to-scene, the...continued

reviewed Jun 14 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Ronda
2 events 1 review

I'll start by saying that this show may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I really liked it. ACT has put together a wonderfully creative and athletic production of classic Chinese theater .

reviewed Jun 17 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from B Berlin
3 events 1 review

The show was too long.
Bd Wong was good n I was a disappointed with the story .

reviewed Jun 07 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from TheaterLuvrSF
Red Velvet 260 events 179 reviews

A lot of the performance was presented as a narrator telling a story to the audience. I would have preferred more acting, less story telling. I particularly enjoyed the actor playing the role of the orphan (Daisuke Tsuji, I believe).

reviewed Jun 25 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Elizabeth H
Red Velvet 107 events 68 reviews

Wasn't crazy about this translation, last scene between son and doctor tied up that loose end but didn't slip in gracefully to the rhythm of the play. Enjoyed the complex story, enjoyed the performance, just thought it could be better. You know...continued

reviewed Jun 13 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Elaine Y
Red Velvet 20 events 16 reviews

What a TREAT! This was an EXCELLENT play. The story was mesermizing and I LOVED that the characters would explain who they were and what they were doing or cared about - provided perspective and I think that's what kept the story alive.
The music...continued

reviewed Jun 28 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Andy Leas
Red Velvet 15 events 8 reviews

Many of my friends have seen this and they have either loved it of hated it. We LOVED it. Everything about it was superb from the staging, scenery, music, acting, story, and choreography. I do recommend that you read a synopsis of the story...continued

reviewed Jun 25 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from BobSF
Red Velvet 33 events 1 review

The play was great. The Goldstar seats sucked. I am a Red Velvet customer and usually get decent seats. There were several Goldstar customers around me and we were all disappointed with our seats. It was hard to enjoy the play from the outside...continued

reviewed Jun 11 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Kenyon Brown
658 events 377 reviews

A very good story, not familiar or ordinary to this westerner. An interesting production - strong performances all around, but some unusual overly-expository writing and direction, as well as some music and songs that are not melodic in a...continued

reviewed Jun 06 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Arthur Y.
210 events 68 reviews

I am not sure why this production got so much bad press. It was very well done. Obviously it was an epic story and 2 1/2 hours can't really cover all the details. But, just like "The White Snake" at the Berkeley Rep. last year; it was the...continued

reviewed Jun 20 2014 report as inappropriate
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