The critics all agree. The Colony Theatre’s production of the west coast premiere of Michael Golamco’s “Year Zero” is a winner. See what they have to say:
“Brilliantly directed by David Rose, Michael Golamco’s play about a young med student and her teen-aged brother facing an uncertain and divided future is a tender story filled with beautifully calibrated, incendiary performances swirling around the psychological fallout from the Cambodian killing fields. [Go!]”
“Golamco’s play is subtle, character-driven, and engrossing, revealing its secrets via nuance and indirection, and director David Rose meticulously charts its shifting shades of feeling. [Critics Pick]”
“Layering humor with heartbreak… the play doesn’t settle for easy heroes or villains — each of these flawed characters tries to do the right thing as he or she sees it, but unfilled need for belonging clouds moral vision and lends the dilemmas universal resonance.”
“The play is a moving examination of that perspective within the microcosm of these four young people. Chiou makes Han an indelible character.”
-LA Stage Times
“Complicating matters is Han (Tim Chiou). He’s a super hunky, muscular and tattooed gang member who has just finished serving some time, but he’s not a hooligan.
In this tender play… short yet enjoyable scenes move with a pleasingly cracking pace… [with] subtle and honest performances… This is simply great theater. ”
– Arts Beat LA
“The cast is outstanding. Huynh is so appealing as the sassy, confused Vuthy. His outbursts in hip hop song and dance are spontaneously hilarious. Corpuz is riveting as Ra, and Chiou makes Han a true enigma. A tower of power on the outside… he keeps his own hurt subdued, private. An intense performance!”
“As for that ‘biggest Cambodian in the world,’ playwright Golamco gives Tim Chiou…the kind of charismatic, star-making part the young leading man richly deserves… Chiou not only commands the stage, he sets it afire, even as he reveals the doubts and fears behind Han’s swagger and the heart of gold that makes us yearn for him to avoid the fate he seems destined to.”
-LA Stage Scene
“Year Zero” is written by Michael Golamco and directed by David Rose. Featuring David Huynh, Christine Corpuz, Tim Chiou, and Eymard Cabling. Performances run from June 1 through July 3, 2011 at The Colony Theatre of Burbank.