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"Generates an impressive amount of comic sparks! Witty! A sharply observed comedy!”The Boston Globe
"Uproariously funny! It's great to be able to laugh so hard.”WGBH
"A comedic explosion of Asian American stereotypes. Witty dialogue and eye-popping visuals.”WBUR

Squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen reached the pinnacle of academic achievement. But as adults, they’re epic failures: he’s just been passed up for promotion and she’s been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So, naturally, they confront their parents and launch an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to China, this hilarious new comedy examines race, parenting, and success with wit and sharp humor.

Approximate run time: 2 hours including one 10-minute intermission.

Seating at select performances of Tiger Style! is limited, but seats are released every day for sale. Please call the Huntington Box Office at 617 266 0800 to learn about our Advanced Wait List and be upgraded to a seat automatically when it becomes available.



Mike Lew“I've been dying to work at the Huntington for years now. I keep falling in love with the plays that originate there, and it's with the Huntington’s spirit of bold new work in mind that I'm delighted to share Tiger Style! This is a deeply personal play about my Chinese American upbringing that wrestles with 'Asian tiger parenting,' Ivy League burnout, and the line between the cultural baggage we carry within us versus the cultural preconceptions heaped upon us. I can't wait to share it with Boston!” — Mike Lew
Tiger Style! will hit the sweet spot — it is both sidesplittingly funny and intellectually rich. I became a major fan of the play after our Breaking Ground reading in 2014 and knew we had to produce it. Mike Lew has written a sharp and original comedy about generational differences, cultural heritage, and race in America today, and I can’t wait to bring Boston audiences along for the ride”— Peter DuBois

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  • In Lew’s ‘Tiger Style!,’ a light approach to the weight of culture

    Mike Lew has had it with the expectation that Asian-American writers should always be churning out plays directly addressing the Asian-American experience. So he wrote one. But “Tiger Style!” is no earnest, kitchen-table drama. It’s a carefully layered comedy about two children of Chinese immigrants who both confront and embrace the stereotypes that are meant to reduce their humanness into shorthand. Though many of the gags are farcical, the humor packs a sting.

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  • Huntington takes 'Tiger Style!' by the tail

    In Tiger Style! – a new comedy by Mike Lew – Chinese American brother and sister Albert and Jennifer Chen become fed up when hard work and Harvard educations aren’t enough to spare them from life’s everyday disappointments, never mind their parents’ unrealistic expectations.

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  • Tiger Style! Curtain Calls

    Enjoy a series of brief interviews with Tiger Style! cast members Bryan Donovan (Rus the Bus), Francis Jue (Dad), Emily Kuroda (Mom), Ruibo Qian (Jennifer), and Jon Norman Schneider (Albert).

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  • Mike Lew’s Rattled Hymn of a Tiger Cub

    In ‘Tiger Style!’ the playwright takes a personal look at the Tiger Mother, and how success and happiness don’t always go hand-in-hand.

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  • The Art of Collaboration: Introducing Mike Lew & Moritz von Stuelpnagel

    Huntington Director of New Work Lisa Timmel interviews playwright Mike Lew and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel about Tiger Style!, a new American comedy about the contradictions of identity.

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  • Raising a Tiger Cub

    When Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua was published in 2011, controversy erupted over Chinese versus Western parenting styles and their effect on children, which became the jumping off point for playwright Mike Lew’s comedy, Tiger Style!. When I asked Mike if he was raised by tiger parents, he suggested that I speak with his mother and father, Dr. Bertha Gee-Lew, a pediatrician, and Dr. Wilbur Lew, a cardiologist. They greeted me at their La Jolla home and whisked me down a hallway to a photo display of the Gee and Lew families. I learned how they emigrated from China’s Canton region to California and how their own parenting styles affected them and their children.

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  • Q&A with Set Designer Wilson Chin

    Tiger Style! set designer Wilson Chin is known for his ability to design dramaturgically, meaning his sets compliment the action of the play organically. Whether designing for opera, classics, or new plays, Chin’s designs are repeatedly lauded as handsome, atmospheric, and efficient; his work on multi-location sets that must transform quickly have often been considered his best. Tiger Style! is a fast-paced comedy that spans the globe, so Chin is a perfect fit. Recently, he answered some questions for Director of New Work Lisa Timmel, about his experience as a designer and his work on Tiger Style!

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Press Reviews

"Generates an impressive amount of comic sparks! Witty! A sharply observed comedy!”The Boston Globe
Read The Boston Globe's full rave review.
"Uproariously funny! It's great to be able to laugh so hard.”WGBH
"A comedic explosion of Asian American stereotypes. Witty dialogue and eye-popping visuals.”WBUR
"The cast is topnotch! A good comedy is just what we all need.”SOUTH SHORE CRITIC
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Artists

  • Bryan T. Donovan Russ the Bus Bryan T. Donovan
  • Francis Jue Dad Francis Jue
  • Emily Kuroda Mom Emily Kuroda
  • Ruibo Qian Jennifer Ruibo Qian
  • Jon Norman Schneider Albert Jon Norman Schneider
  • Mike Lew Playwright Mike Lew
  • Moritz von Stuelpnagel Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel
  • Wilson Chin Set Designer Wilson Chin
  • Junghyun Georgia Lee Costume Designer Junghyun Georgia Lee
  • Matthew Richards Lighting Designer Matthew Richards
  • Palmer Hefferan Sound Designer Palmer Hefferan
  • Alex Koch, IMA Projection Designer Alex Koch, IMA
  • Meg Tracy Leddy Production Stage Manager Meg Tracy Leddy
  • Jeremiah Mullane Stage Manager Jeremiah Mullane

Prices & Seating

Performance Day All Sections

PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening;  Sunday matinee

$85
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening; Saturday matinee $75
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening;  Wednesday matinee $63

Prices may vary and are subject to change at any time.

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Discount Ticket Prices

  Prices
Active Military and Veterans and Immediate Families
$20 with promo code MILITARY
Student (25 years and younger)
(No AA)
$20
Section D (Huntington Avenue Theatre);
Last Row (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Additional discounts may not be applied to section D seats at the Huntington Avenue Theatre and last row seats at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
$25
BU Community $10 off with promo code BU10
Seniors (65 years or older) $5 off
35 Below (35 years and younger)
(No AA)
Learn more about our 35 Below program
$30

Learn more about our Discount Ticket Programs.

Performance Day All Sections

PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening;  Sunday matinee

$85
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening; Saturday matinee $75
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening;  Wednesday matinee $63

Prices may vary and are subject to change at any time.

View Seating Chart (Virginia Wimberly Theatre)  |  Get Directions

Discount Ticket Prices

  Prices
Active Military and Veterans and Immediate Families
$20 with promo code MILITARY
Student (25 years and younger)
(No AA)
$20
Section D (Huntington Avenue Theatre);
Last Row (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Additional discounts may not be applied to section D seats at the Huntington Avenue Theatre and last row seats at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
$25
BU Community $10 off with promo code BU10
Seniors (65 years or older) $5 off
35 Below (35 years and younger)
(No AA)
Learn more about our 35 Below program
$30

Learn more about our Discount Ticket Programs.

Seatmap

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South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA: 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
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