Thursday, December 1, 2011
IT'S not clear how long the witty culture comedy "Chinglish" is going to last on Broadway, but it will have served one important purpose: introducing New York theatergoers to Jennifer Lim. (Who seems much nicer than the tough-broad photo above would suggest.)
WHAT THE CRITICS THOUGHT "Just plain superb . . . a Tony-worthy performance" (New York Magazine) "Only the strident and sensual Ms. Lim, who has the most fully written part, hints at a real complexity." (The New York Times)
BORN AND RAISED Hong Kong.
ALMA MATER University of Bristol (U.K.), Yale School of Drama.
BROADWAY DEBUT "Chinglish" is it. She plays a buttoned-up, intense Chinese vice minister who really lets go in her private moments with an American businessman. Language problems be damned!
NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH Another Jennifer Lim (also Asian and about the same age), but born in London. She appeared in "When Evil Calls" and "Spirit Warriors."
HER DISAPPROVING-OF-THEATER-CAREER FATHER'S REACTION TO "CHINGLISH" "After he saw it, he said, 'I wasn't bored.' And I was like, I will totally take that."
READ MORE ABOUT JENNIFER
"Can't Talk Very Good Your Language," by Ben Brantley, The New York Times, Oct. 28, 2011
"An Actress and a Role Balance Two Worlds," by Larry Rohter, The New York Times, Nov. 23, 2011
"Chinglish Is More Than Just Mangled Language," by Scott Brown, New York Magazine, Oct. 28, 2011
"Chinglish," by David Henry Hwang, directed by Leigh Silverman, Longacre Theater, 220 West 48th Street, (212) 239-6200, telecharge.com. Opening night: Oct. 27, 2011.
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