On February 5, stand-up comic, actress and reality TV personality Suzanne Whang will open her one-woman show Cracked Open: Let Go & Let Gook at Beyond Baroque in Venice. As is customary with these sorts of things, she is trying to drum up some excitement and ticket sales with an advance press release that includes some heady praise:
Jim Vallely, co-executive producer and writer of Arrested Development: “This is the most powerful piece of theatre I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos: “Bold, funny, and committed on stage. Actually, she should probably just be committed.”
Tracy Newman, founding member of The Groundlings: “Here’s how funny, beautiful and smart Suzanne Whang is: She has cancer and I’m jealous of her.”
Whang previously won an Andy Kaufman Award at the New York Comedy Festival and another prize at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival for her alter ego Sung Hee Park, her own sort of Asian American twist on the Archie Bunker POV. Last year, per the above Newman reference, she also disclosed by means of this show that she has been battling Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2006.
Her new show–which also caustically covers race and gender–is being produced and directed by Eve Brandstein, once the head of casting for Norman Lear and today a psychotherapist, author, poet, professor, theater director and more.
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