Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Knud Adams
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 4, 2018
    Closing:
    April 21, 2018

    Theater: Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement / 466 Grand Street, New York, New York, 10002

    Synopsis: 

    In 1996, a young Eliza Bent and a friend created, directed, and starred in an amateur historical film for a school project. In it, Bent portrayed Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Now, 22 years later, Bent's home movie has become a starting point from which audiences are led on a journey that grapples with personal history, legacy, and cultural appropriation. In the tradition of Spaulding Gray, Fran Leibowitz, and David Sedaris, Bent's humorous, cringe-inducing stories chart a young Bostonian's education in race and appropriation.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen

    ‘Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen’ Takes On the Cringeworthy

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    April 9, 2018:

    “Throw a scone,” Eliza Bent says, “and you will hit a white person who has had a brush with appropriation.”

    Cultural appropriation, that is — the practice of borrowing from cultures less powerful than one’s own, in the process often trampling blithely, if unwittingly, on sensitivities.

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