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Kevin Shen on BBC World

Watch Kevin’s interview with Lucy Hockings on BBC World’s Impact.

Kevin Shen on Resonance 104.4 FM, London

Listen to his interview on Madam Miaow’s Culture Lounge (from 5:44)

Yellow Face, National Theatre, ReviewThe Guardian

“Using the form of unreliable docudrama, Hwang puts himself (charmingly played by Kevin Shen) at the centre of the story…It’s a peach of a play, using theatre as a metaphor for life and exploring the implications of being racially hyphenated.” more…

Yellow Face, National Theatre, ReviewThe Times

“Not only is this the most entertaining show to have played at the National’s temporary experimental space, it’s also one of the most sharply timed…Kevin Shen is boyish but dogged as Hwang.” more…

Yellow Face, National Theatre, ReviewLondonTheatre.co.uk

“Hwang spares no one, least of all himself, who also appears as his own central character (brilliantly played by Kevin Shen). But he riffs in all directions from that for a comedy that has all the skill, artifice and theatrical imagination of a play by Pirandello.”  more…

Yellow Face, National Theatre, ReviewFinancial Times

“Lovely performance from Kevin Shen as the charming but increasingly neurotic David…It’s a jaunty, nuanced piece that keeps shifting perspective and so asks probing questions about race, ethnicity, and identity in contemporary America.”  more…

Yellow Face – A Special Relationship, A Younger Theatre

“Kevin Shen explains how the two halves of Special Relationships decided on this as their first play, and why it’s important to them.”  more…

Bringing “Yellow Face” Across the Pond, A-List Magazine

“When Kevin Shen first moved to London over four years ago, he felt like he was transported to an America from the 1990s. Shen grew up in Orange County and lived in New York City – both places where the Asian and Pacific Islander population is well-represented. He was therefore a little surprised by the microaggressions that he encountered in London, despite it being a big cosmopolitan city in the UK.”    more…

Yellow Face, Park Theatre, Review, The Telegraph

“And Kevin Shen, in an even more impressive debut, brilliantly milks Hwang’s neurosis, fretfully calling old colleagues to check he is still “a role model for the Asian community”. His performance perfecting underlines Hwang’s winning ability to be both narcissistic and self-mocking.” more…

Yellow Face, Park Theatre, Review, Time Out

“‘Yellow Face’ is a thesis of a play, unafraid of complexities and contradictions, pepped up with a light dramatic fizz. It asks whether race is skin-deep, actable or even fakeable, and it does so with huge wit and brio. Hwang’s self-mocking mea culpa is delicious and Kevin Shen plays him with fumbling aplomb.” more…

The Actors’ Guild 2013 Bursary Announced, Spotlight

“Congratulations to this year’s winner Kevin Shen! In the face of hundreds of extremely strong submissions, many of which were worthy of winning, his application was outstanding. Kevin is extremely proactive and dedicated to developing professionally.”  more…