The New York Times: Best Performances of 2020
Ann Harada, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh and Thom Sesma, doing “Someone”
“Pure magic. Magic that didn’t have to be this magical for what’s ultimately a Google Hangout. It came in the middle of an all-star party (well, almost all) thrown for one of the country’s great magicians. The song is from Sondheim’s underrated “Pacific Overtures,”and belongs in his Top 10. It’s too ornate to explain, but Sondheim sets it in the present and the past. The video opens with Harada and Sesma in their respective boxes. Then it cuts to Sesma on his own and then to Ku — as Sesma’s younger self — looking down, as if from a tree, and Sesma turns his head up to Ku. Then, suddenly, there Loh arrives down in a fourth box. He’s on his back at first, but shot so that his head still matches the face-to-space ratio of the other three. I’m giving you geometry. These four gave me awe. Part of the magic is how they’re connected to one another. Onstage, it’s time that’s collapsed. Here, it’s also distance. Technically, I don’t know how they and the technicians pulled it off. But boy has it stuck with me — as a fittingly ambitious and witty acknowledgment of Sondheim’s audacity and as a metaphor for the teamwork necessary to achieve anything meaningfully, enduringly decent this year.”
Watch the performance below.
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Below is an excerpt from the 2017 production of Pacific Overtures, directed by John Doyle, at Classic Stage Company with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by John Weidman, Additional Material by Hugh Wheeler. The cast featured Karl Josef Co, Marc Delacruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haey, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka, Thom Sesma and George Takei.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.