Venue Details

50 Star Starred
The Matrix Theatre
Between N. Spaulding and N. Stanley 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 48 members
Review from amaryllis

A wonderful show. Enlightening as well as thoroughly entertaining. I highly recommend it. Everyone in my "Girls' Night Out" group agreed 100%; and we all said the show left us feeling much more patience, and compassion towards men -- PLUS a...continued

reviewed Feb 19 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Komal B.

As I said on my facebook page when I got home from the play, go and see this!! Profound one-woman show about what it means to be a man. Whether you are gay, straight, male, female, or something in-between, this show will open your eyes, make you...continued

reviewed Feb 18 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Marylyn

“Macho like Me” was humorous, enlightening, entertaining and fun. This is one of my top 3 favorite shows. Helie Lee was brilliant, very articulate, and credible. I found myself laughing quite a bit, smiling, and experiencing touching moments....continued

reviewed Feb 26 2011 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

 Macho Like Me got great Goldstar reviews at West Hollywood’s Coast Playhouse.
“Illuminating and hilarious… a rich, witty and seamless tale.” —LA Weekly (Go!)
“Riotous… will leave you howling! Her quixotic tale succeeds not only as entertainment but as a poignant social document.” —Los Angeles Times
“Absolutely delightful… touching.” —_Backstage _(Critic’s Pick)


10×10 Entertainment is thrilled to present a world premiere play and theatrical documentary, Macho Like Me, written by and starring Helie Lee, directed by Sammie Wayne and produced by Ken Mok. 

Macho Like Me is the true account of Helie Lee’s remarkable six-month journey living life as a man.  Cutting off her hair, donning men’s clothes and moving out of her home to begin life anew as Harry, Helie sets out to prove a point:  that men have it so much better than women.  But as Helie soon finds out, her assumptions are quickly dashed – resulting in a new world-view that ends up surprising many, especially herself.

Motivated to embark on this journey by yet another relationship with a man gone wrong, Helie reveals her plan to become a man to her friends – none of whom believe she will go through with it.   So Helie decides to enlist her friends Anna and Katie to document her experience as proof.

Beginning with a weight lifting regime to build up masculine bulk, then shaving her head to a near crew cut and getting a whole new male wardrobe, Helie is excited to begin this new gender role-playing experiment. But passing as a man is a lot harder than it looks.  Despite her studious observation of men’s physical behaviors and mannerisms, Helie is initially unable to shake her own. Passing as a gay man at first, Helie’s journey takes her into the world of male bonding through the ritual of sports, a near disastrous encounter with some macho Latino men, and a moment of epiphany at the Playboy Mansion. Through it all, Helie begins to see that men have it much harder than she ever imagined. 

When Helie takes an editing job for a retired architect, she finds a friend and mentor in David Hyun. Their relationship gives Helie a deeper insight on the ways of men and a glimpse of what can happen to a man when he ages. In the end, Helie’s experiences change her views on men, privilege, and relationships. Macho Like Me is a dynamic theatrical documentary that combines Helie’s unique perspectives and experiences with interactive footage from her life as a man.

Helie Lee is the author of the best-seller _Still Life With Rice _(Scribner 1996), and In The Absence of Sun (Harmony Books 2002), memoirs in which she chronicles her family’s experience in war-torn Korea from the 1930s to 1997.

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