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
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
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
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
JESSE ARAKAKI certified reviewer June 17, 2017
It was well written. Thoughtful. Great balance and kept audience engaged... full review
DILLAN DAMODAR certified reviewer June 10, 2017
Paul Yen's "Secret Identitiy Crisis" successfully vocalized and expressed the major issue of whitewashing in the film industry as one that needs to go and proves that that proper Asian-American representation would not only be better for the industry, but required for the next generation to have inspiration in life, and the stories themselves would not be all that different. What surprised me the most was how much of his personal life experience was injected into his overall theatrical performance. Some transitions from himself as a narrator into the characters surrounding the lore of popular superheroes were breathtakingly seamless, and others were not. In his attempts to correspond an Asian-American POV onto the full canon within supe... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 06, 2017
Really enjoyed the show, it was thoughtfully done.... full review
ANH PHAN certified reviewer June 10, 2017
Overall, the show was honest and true. I loved the use of humor while delivering a serious problem in our society. It was awesome!... full review