Chang(e)

"Chang(e) alternates between reality and illusion, and its visual and aural environment is so alluring you want to bathe in it..." - Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times

"Soomi Kim is fearless as Change, simultaneously attracting and repelling the audience with her convictions, while showing a startling vulnerability..." (★★★★) - Diep Tran, Time Out New York

" At the center of it all is an awe-inspiring performance by Soomi Kim, who is on stage the entire ninety minutes... Kim captures all that was so mythic about the troubled activist."- Arpita Kukherjee, Stagebuddy.com

theodysseyonline.com

OffOffOnline review by Devon Burton

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Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky

Review for Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky by nytheatre.com

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Reviews and quotes for Lee/gendary:

NYTheatre.com- Jason Grossman

“LEE/GENDARY soars on the heart and limbs of creator/martial artist Soomi Kim. It's an ambitious, respectful micro tour of Bruce Lee's meteoric life.”

“Soomi Kim is a commanding presence as Bruce Lee. It takes mere seconds to see beyond her gender, and she convincingly portrays one of the most popular male action stars of the 20th century. Bruce Lee himself would be proud.”

Offoffonline.com- Li Cornfeld

“Lee/gendary is remarkable for its graceful aggression and unapologetic self-seriousness.”

“Kim inhabits Bruce without irony. Her female body draws attention to the issue of gender; her committed performance disregards it as a non-issue. It’s an effective dichotomy, especially given that Lee’s identity is more often examined through a racial lens than a sexual one.”

Jbspinsblogspot.com (scroll down to read whole review in link)

“With Airon Armstrong, Kim choreographed some fantastic Kung Fu scenes, which she performs fearlessly. She executes some dazzling acrobatic feats and takes a number of falls on what looks like an awfully hard stage. With extensive performance experience as a martial artist and dancer, Kim is totally credible in the role of Lee. To use a term fraught with double- meaning, it seems like Lee/gendary plays it straight. In the context of the work, Lee is a man, just played by a woman. The vibe here seems more Jungian than Freudian, with Kim representing the feminine yin to the masculine yang of Lee’s personality. Indeed, we come to see that symbolic conflict played out on the stage. “

“Kim is enormously talented and displays true stage presence.“

“Kim knows her Bruce Lee, which results in an adventurous but respectful treatment of his life. Her work here is very impressive and definitely recommended, especially if you already have a fondness for Lee’s films.”

Kungfumagazine.com- Douglas Ferguson

“If Wong Kar Wai directed a play about the life of Bruce Lee it would resemble LEE/GENDARY.”

“In perhaps the most daring choice, Lee is portrayed by Kim herself. She takes on the daunting task of playing Bruce Lee to great effect, assuming his likeness, voice and mannerisms so completely the reality of her gender fades into the legend of her subject. It's as though Bruce's spirit comes down from the great void and inhabits Kim while she performs.”