paul yen · Ages 18+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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IRENE PARK certified reviewer June 04, 2017
Please go watch this great piece of work and share it with your friends! We need this! Worth every penny!... full review
MARC AMBINDER uncertified reviewer June 03, 2017
I loved it. ... full review
JUDY NGUYEN certified reviewer June 04, 2017
Paul Yen's delivery of this show brought to light many of the issues and stereotypes that are present in the film industry without seeming preachy.... full review
AMERY THAO uncertified reviewer June 16, 2017
There is a reason this show has been show has been sold out! It was a marvelous experience the see a boy become a man through the lense of the Asian-American experience. ... full review
ERIC MARK certified reviewer June 04, 2017
As a frequent theater-goer, I found Paul Yen's one-man show, "Secret Identity Crisis," to be an extraordinary accomplishment. It is poignant, compelling, humorous, and challenging. But, most of all, it is truthful. By using the most iconic superheroes to explore questions of self, identity, and the experience of being a member of a visible minority in Hollywood, Yen, has created a highly accessible means for audience members to grasp unto and understand the travails he and every actor of color have endured in their efforts to flourish in an environment that is still riven by stereotypes and prejudice. Yen's writing is articulate and powerful, and his acting demonstrates what it means to "lose oneself in character" and "to experie... full review
YUDHO ADITYA uncertified reviewer June 07, 2017
With the onslaught of insensitive whitewashing and erasure of Asian American history by the mainstream media, Paul Yen’s "Secret Identity Crisis" is a breath of fresh air that seeks to critique and challenge this disturbing status quo. However, while the show’s exploration of 3 different superheroes’ re-imagined backstories from a minority’s POV is a clever concept, its execution feels a bit repetitive since all three stories hit the same beats. Because of the short 1 hour run time, it can be difficult for the audience to fully delve into the stories before Yen moves on to his next character. It’s an ambitious piece of writing that deserves a larger format (and run time) to fully explore and flesh out the complexities of being a super... full review
PAUL TRAN certified reviewer June 10, 2017
Overall play by a One Man show who clearly display his character roles. The whole show has great mixture of comedy and issue awareness in Asian-American history to present days. Very Enjoyable and entertaining. ... full review
JASON HAN certified reviewer June 11, 2017
This was something I personally needed to see in my life. I feel this play was a perfect way of raising awareness on social issues without complaining or preaching. It's amazing to me that one man, a small stage, and the Hollywood fringe, taught me so much about my own community and self identity.... full review
LARRY LO certified reviewer June 12, 2017
Before the show I knew whitewashing existed in the film industry but did not know much about it. Mainly because I didn't think it affected to me but I learned that if anyone will make a dent in issue, the audience would have the biggest impact. I too grew up as an Asian American living a whitewashed life, so this was a very relatable experience. Hilarious, creative, and eye-opening. It was impressive to watch Yen integrate his message with the iconic stories of the most well known superheroes. ... full review
HARRY PADGETT uncertified reviewer June 14, 2017
This show touched on real issues of inequality in hollywood and the media in an authentic way. Paul shared his personal experience being raised by immigrant parents, searching for positive role models throughout with childhood, and trying to make it in hollywood as an adult. Overall, Paul's adaptation of his dealings with these experiences into common super heroes is creative, honest, and leaves you with a feeling of hope for the future. ... full review