paper son

<<written & performed by byron yee>>


  what the critics are saying . . . .


"A winning performance.  Hilarious, touching, funny."
 -- F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times

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"Ragingly funny, riveting.  Hilarious and irreverent, yet deeply touching."
-- Julio Martinez, Variety

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"Byron Yee has honed his Paper Son into one of the best commentaries on North American "ethnic identity" I've ever experienced.  Drawing on his background as a stand-up comic, he transforms serious and personal issues of cultural alienation and ethnic stereotyping into universal touchstones.  A self-proclaimed "white guy in ethnic drag," Yee explores his father's history as a Chinese immigrant not as  means to define the experience of American-born Chinese, but to further understand himself.  Not only does he succeed in the task, but he also eloquently taps into everyone's search for the same thing.  ***** (FIVE STARS)."  -- Jay Smith, Vue Weekly

One of two shows awarded five stars by Vue at the 2003 Edmonton Fringe
 

 

*winner - best of the san francisco fringe

*bay area theatre critics nomination - best original script


"The show is an emotional experience that gently blossoms and transcends one family and one ethnicity to become a stirring universal tale." -- Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times

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"Byron Yee calls himself a stand-up comic, but that description doesn't do the San Franciscan justice.  Only a consummate story teller could have put together Paper Son to make a unique and moving tale out of an experience common to millions of first generation North Americans."  -- Susan Walker, Toronto Star

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"It can be an electrifying combination, polish and an open heart on the stage.  This absolutely riveting one-man show by San Francisco's Byron Yee boasts plenty of both and the result is a wonderfully moving experience leavened by laughter.  ***** (Five Stars)"  -- Richard Helm, Edmonton Journal

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"Paper Son is one man's personal odyssey in search of his heritage.  And yet it is the story of us all and in telling it Yee touches something universal.   ***** (Five Stars)" -- Colin Maclean, Edmonton Sun

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  "Both artfully constructed and as poignant as it is funny." -- Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Examiner

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"A lovely, thought provoking, and at times very funny show." -- John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun

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"Deftly told and smartly tailored for the stage." -- Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle
 


"Intelligent and brimming with humanity.  One of the best plays of the Victoria Fringe Festival." -- Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times-Colonist
 
 

 
"Witty and urbane, this has moments that are amusing, sad, and provocative." -- Dan Rider, The Scotsman
 
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