Reviews – Temporary Theatre, The National Theatre 2014

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Davina Perera, David Yip, John Schwab, Gemma Chan, Christy Meyer & Kevin Shen (Telegraph review 2013)

★ ★ ★ ★  ‘Wickedly funny. A bracing production.’ Guardian

★ ★ ★ ★  ‘The most entertaining show to have played at the National’s temporary experimental space.’  The Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘A sparkling comedy, brought to life with warm, sprightly wit.’ Financial Times

★ ★ ★ ★  ‘A mischievous comedy, great fun and a terrific cast.’ Time Out 

Full List of Reviews (click to view original review):

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Upcoming by Mark Sempill

★ ★ ★ ★ Financial Times by Sarah Hemming

★ ★ ★ ★ Guardian by Michael Billington

★ ★ ★ ★ The Times by Dominic Maxwell (behind a paywall)

★ ★ ★ ★  Whatsonstage by Michael Coveney

★ ★ ★ Arts Desk by Heather Neill

★ ★ ★ ★ by Mark Shenton

★ ★ ★ ★ by Dale Cullen

★ ★ ★ Evening Standard by William Moore

★ ★ ★ Daily Telegraph by Dominic Cavendish

The reviews below are from publications that don’t use a star rating system.  

The Londonist by Sarah Stewart
‘Under the direction of Alex Sims, it is a fast-paced, deft deconstruction of race and culture which is not afraid to laugh at itself.’

A Younger Theatre by Lisa Carroll
‘Yellow Face does all the things that great theatre should: from the strength of the script to how the cast and creative team have realised it. It makes you laugh, it makes you want to know more and it really makes you think’

Exeunt Magazine by William Drew
‘The inter­textual web that acts as the starting point for David Henry Hwang’s 2007 play, the inaugural production for Special Relationship, first seen at Park Theatre, is as delightful as it is mind­-boggling.’

One World Net by Daniel Nelson
‘Smart writing, good acting, interesting content: this is top-value theatre.’

Asian Culture Vulture by Suman Bhuchar
‘This is a subversive and entertaining play directed by Alex Sims and performed with energy by the cast. It is a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in the politics of race and culture.’

Other Press

Time Out interview with Gemma Chan, member of the cast, of Fresh Meat, Dates Jack Ryan

Never Underdressed interview with Gemma Chan

Guardian article by David Henry Hwang
Racial casting has evolved – and so have my opinions.  The American playwright explains why favouring white actors on stage is a bad business model – and publicly admits a secret about the Miss Saigon yellow-face controversy for the first time.

Guardian article by Mark Lawson in his theatre studies series
Miss Saigon, Yellow Face and the colourful evolution of answer plays.
David Henry Hwang’s new play is the latest in a series of interlinked works – including Madame Butterfly – that question racial and social attitudes.

A Younger Theatre interview with Lucy Fenton and Kevin Shen about SRP and Yellow Face