Broken Panda

ensemble theatre · fierce backbone · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States

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SANDY MANSSON certified reviewer June 23, 2014
tagged as: hilarious
Broken Panda is a well-written play dealing with a broken marriage. This is a serious subject, but it is presented in a hilarious and entertaining manner, masterfully directed by Leigh Kennicott and wonderfully acted by Mandy Dunlap, Johnathan "Doc" Farrow, Esther Austin, Hui Ying Wen, and Morris Nash. Go and se it!... full review
PAUL ELLIOTT certified reviewer June 07, 2014
Wow, just saw Broken Panda written by Amy Tofte and performed by an amazing cast. Watching a marriage disintegrate could be hard to sit through, but watching this marriage try to fall apart against all odds was hilarious. Directed by Leigh Kennicott, the cast jumped backwards and forwards in time from the first meeting with a counselor to dissolve a marriage, to the moment the young couple met and one realizes how hard it is to keep a marriage and love alive. Everything changes, but if you look hard enough, and try hard enough, the love survives... Great show. A must see. ... full review
ODIN BENITEZ certified reviewer June 23, 2014
I thought the play was cleverly written with some innovative direction. It dealt with relationship issues with a lot of laughter. The performances were solid and funny with Johnathan "Doc" Farrow being a particular stand-out. I don't want to give anything away, but you will enjoy the collaboration between Esther Austin and Morris Nash. Hui Ying Wen's performance is quirky and funny. Very enjoyable all around!... full review
LISA SQUIER uncertified reviewer June 23, 2014
This is a very good play in the Mel Brooks type of serious comedy. It takes stereotypes and runs with them, pokes fun at them, and in the process makes us take a harder look at them. It does so in a setting of a romantic relationship gone sour and the changes/challenges facing the characters during the process. Will they eventually work things out? Will they split up? Will they be permanently injured or killed? You just have to watch it to find out!... full review
GARY RUBENSTEIN uncertified reviewer June 24, 2014
Interesting fun take on marriage and race with strong script and good performances. Worth seeing.... full review
J BARDONE uncertified reviewer June 24, 2014
The actors did a really good job. We had a good time and would recommend.... full review
STEPHEN BLACKBURN certified reviewer June 26, 2014
I laughed out loud a lot during Amy Tofte's BROKEN PANDA. The play examines the issue of mixed race couples like Groucho Marx would play doctor with an otoscope. Doc Farrow and Mandy Dunlap click--they volley like they've been working comedy together for years. Tofte provides some great dialogue gags that are delivered with precise timing, thanks to director Leigh Kennicott and the exceptional cast. Hui Ying Wen as the sullen counselor wields deadpan and one-word deliveries like a slapstick. Dunlap rocks the physical comedy (look for chair with handcuffs), while Morris Nash and Esther Austin as a diabolical and horny research couple add a splash of zesty farce. Farrow's comedy uses his large and muscular size as a simmering threat, yet one a... full review
ANN RYERSON certified reviewer June 27, 2014
What a satisfying, smart, well-acted show! Go see it!... full review
SCOTTY MULLEN certified reviewer June 15, 2014
So so so very proud of Amy Tofte and the cast and crew who brought her newest work to life. An impressive study of relationships and what it takes to make a commitment work. I'm also impressed with her ability to put the names of some of my favorite animals into the titles of her plays!... full review
NANCY BEVERLY uncertified reviewer June 15, 2014
Laugh-out-loud funny in the first scene, gripping in subsequent scenes, a portrait of a marriage falling apart -- with a clinical test overlaid to make the husband and wife (and us) examine relationships. Kudos to Amy Tofte for sharp writing and to the cast for fantastic work.... full review