Last chance for you to see Chinglish.

, the very funny and very timely play by David Henry Hwang that I produced on Broadway this Fall, is closing up shop this Sunday, January 29th.  And yep, it’s closing earlier than we had all hoped.

And you should go see it before it does.

Why?  Because it’s a very good play (Time Magazine named it the Best American Play of the Year.)

But also because it is that very rare thing . . .  a new American play . . . and my co-producers and I tried hard to buck a trend and put it up without stars.  (Although I guarantee you’ll leave the Longacre saying that Jennifer Lim deserves her own constellation after seeing the performance.)

Unfortunately, in this Fall’s star-packed season, that may be one of the reasons we couldn’t quite attract enough of an audience to make it to the Spring.

But we tried.

And that’s something that I’m very proud of, and thankful to all my investors for, and I know they are proud of too.

Because we produced a great play, and we did it the way we wanted to.  And no matter how disappointing our abbreviated run may be . . . I’ll always be able to sleep at night knowing that.

See Chinglish before it closes on January 29th.  Get tickets here.


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  • Ellen Burns says:

    I agree!! Don’t miss this play! Its cast is tremendous; the writing is incredibly clever, laugh-out-loud funny; and it has a true heart…and the sets are simply not to be missed…they move with a choreography that I found entrancing…
    I am so glad to not have to add this to my list of shows that I regret missing :)…
    Thanks to Ken & and all the investors for taking the risk!

  • Doug says:

    If I was on the right coast, I’d be there. Bravo for taking a risk on a new play without celebrity appeal. I dream of a Broadway where more productions like this can open and sustain.

  • Joshua Quinn says:

    It’s a great play. Very clever writing and definitely incredibly funny. My Taiwanese friend and I went last night and had a great evening, followed by a short talkback. I’m just upset I didn’t go earlier so I could get more people to go! I hope it has a life after Broadway.
    And Ellen is right. The set changes are amazing!

  • I’m hoping ACT in SF will pick this up next season with the cast intact (like they’re doing with Scottsboro Boys this season.)
    This show was born for the Bay Area.
    Certainly best printable title of the year. Prolly a tie with the unprintable one for best title.

  • JoyAnn says:

    Hey Ken,
    What do you think of live-streamed performances of different Broadway plays like the Metropolitan does? Their Live-stream performances are really fun to watch, great quality, showing live interviews with performers during intermissions, set changes and all. And, tickets are inexpensive around $25.00…. Would be great for those of us that do not live in the city and cannot see all the plays we want to…but that’s just me saying that cause I don’t live in the city. Would like others thoughts on this!

  • Ian says:

    I really want to see it. Not sure I will have time before next week. I probably would have seen it months ago, but tried to get tickets at a discount and none of the good seats were available, even during previews so I passed. I even got great seats for Book of Mormon during previews at a discount. I have rarely seen so many seats blocked out for discounts. Think the dynamic pricing was not handled well.

  • Sue says:

    Saw it, and liked it a lot! Recommended it to a few friends.

  • Bruce says:

    Saw the play last Saturday night with a discount and really liked it a lot. Jennifer Lim was fantastic. The play was funny and I really liked what it had to say. The writing is sharp and the set is very clever. Ken, months ago, you wouldn’t give me a free ticket and I said I’d try to see it. So now I have. And very glad I did.

  • Eldonie says:

    You win some, you loose some but you can never have those experiences unless you tired! Congrats on what you have accomplished!

  • Nan Hoffman says:

    I saw Chinglish not long after it opened and loved it. I’m so disappointed that it’s closing so soon; I’ve been telling so many people to see it, and now too many will miss it. I can’t imagine Chinglish not having a life after Broadway. This is a truly remarkable piece of writing. Thanks so much for bringing it to us.

  • Jon Kakaley says:

    Kudos to you for having what it takes to put an original work up without the stars. I’m sorry that it didn’t work out for you this time, but if more producers took that kind of a risk then Broadway would be a much more interesting place right now.
    Please don’t let this stop you from trying it again in the future.

  • janis says:

    Sounds like the show had stars, just not well known stars. I hate the idea that shows can only survive if stars already made famous by movies and TV are involved. Instead Broadway should be in the business of making stars.
    Maybe the show missed a few potential marketing goldmines like discounts at Chinese restaurants and notes in the menus, direct involvement with oriental culture groups locally and nationally online. Free tickets for Asian dignitaries might have gotten some good publicity and programs that teach English as a second language could have been offered discounted tickets.
    Sorry to hear it’s leaving before I saw the show.

  • JoyAnn, this is one of my “visions” for Broadway. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a “live in HD” Saturday night program at movie theaters around the country called “Saturday Night on Broadway,” with a different show each week? Ken says “Solange, ha in your dreams,” but I think it’s possible – maybe 20 years from now!

  • Here is a link to my very favorable post about Chinglish on my blog, Solange on Theater:

  • Wambui says:

    Had the pleasure of seeing it several times. Loved it each time. Recommended it to all. It was soooo fresh! Also loved scene and set changes. I remember saying out loud after I saw it, “I really enjoyed that!” Sorry to see it go. Thank you.

  • Cam says:

    Actually as an accountant and a future producer, I’m interested in knowing why. The play is bringing in at least one million per month. What is the deciding factor to whether a play is successful or not? If you have “non” famous actors, then they aren’t paid as much. Where does the money go? What are the budget vs actual expenses?

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