The Grand Prize Expo Winners
caroline framke | Variety
Variety's Top 30 Most Memorable TV Moments of the 2020 Emmy Eligibility Season
"One particularly good chapter — 'The Grand Prize Expo Winners,'... Angela Lin’s turn as Ai, a single Chinese mother struggling to identify with her increasingly American children, is astonishing. At the peak of the episode, Ai performs a desperate karaoke version of Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” as she remembers the hard road it took her to get there. It’s gorgeous and heart-wrenching all at once. [Little America] features performances from actors who, as they ably prove here, deserve far higher profiles — or at least more layered starring roles than they have heretofore been offered."
INKOO kang | hollywood reporter
"Apple TV+ finally has its first great show... A Chinese-immigrant single mother (Angela Lin) smothers her teenage children with maternal love and dependence — then finally learns to see herself outside of motherhood when they abandon her on an Alaskan cruise... Standout performers (Angela) Lin and Conphidance make their episodes worthwhile."
Wenlei Ma | Chronicle (AUS)
"Angela Lin's performance in Little America is extraordinary..."The Grand Prize Expo Winner"... is an extraordinary episode of pathos laced with humour. It tells the story of Ai (Angela Lin)... Ai's loneliness in this life she has created around her kids... is heartbreaking. It's a stunningly human piece of filmmaking... You will weep.
Richard Roeper |
"Welcome to the first truly great series from Apple TV+... I also loved 'The Grand Prize Expo Winners,'... the story about a single Chinese mother (Angela Lin)..."
Brian Tallerico |
"A story about a spelling prodigy... can sit alongside the tale of a mother (Angela Lin) who wins passage on a luxury cruise... 'Little America' can be incredibly powerful (the cruise episode wrecked me)."
Shinan Govani | Toronto Star
"My own favourite? The one dubbed “The Grand Prize Expo Winners”... the story of one Angela Lin, a hardworking single mother... the episode has...
everything: the way some immigrants will hold their kids too tightly because they have poured their whole lives into them, the profound loneliness that envelopes..."
MELANIE MCFARLAND | salon
"The heartbreakers stand out, the most potent of them being "The Grand Prize Expo Winners" and its story of a single mother from Singapore (Angela Lin) painfully coming to terms with her teenagers pulling away from her... Lin's stricken expression during the densest times of her loneliness ripped me wide open.."
Lucy Mangan | The guardian
"The Grand Expo Winners is one of the most moving chapters, focusing on the universal experience of children growing away from parents... "
Saloni Gajjar | AV Club
"'The Grand Prize Expo Winners,' a tale about a Chinese single mother Ai (Angela Lin) trying to connect with her teenage kids on an Alaskan cruise. Lin delivers a wrenching performance, especially in a karaoke scene — Ai’s loneliness is palpable when she realizes her young kids aren’t dependent on her anymore."
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melissa leon | the daily beast
"The series’ strongest episodes are the ones that accept unsolvable questions without offering easy answers. “The Grand Expo Prize Winner,” a lovingly-crafted study of the inevitable gulf that opens up between immigrant parents and their American-born children, presents a middle-aged Chinese mom (Angela Lin). "
Paula Griffin | go tech daily
"...the best episode The Grand Prize Expo Winners, a story about a Chinese single mother Ai (Angela Lin) trying to connect with her teenagers on an Alaska cruise. Lin delivers a gripping performance, especially in a karaoke scene – Ai’s loneliness can be felt when she realizes that her young children are no longer dependent on her."
John-Michael Bond| Daily dot
"No episode pulls off this function quite like 'The Grand Prize Expo Winners,' about the mother (Angela Lin) who longs to take her kids on vacation. Prepare to take a little walk after watching that episode.."
Kevin Lever | tell tale tv
"“The Grand Prize Expo Winners,” an episode about a family vacation, manages to break through and say something deeply moving about loneliness and abandonment."
Andy meek | bgr
"Standout episodes include The Grand Prize Expo Winners, about a Chinese single mother (Angela Lin) who wins an Alaskan cruise that turns into a trip of deep emotional catharsis. "
Erik Haagensen | Backstage
Backstage's Most Memorable New York Stage Performances - Angela Lin
"Silverman elicits fine performances all around, but it's two of the ladies who walk off with the play... The riotously funny Angela Lin steals every moment she's on stage in two contrasting roles..."
Ben Brantley | New York Times
"The audience seemed happiest when it was privy to the misinterpretations of the hapless interpreter (played by Angela Lin)... Some of these are pretty delicious and deflate the pomposity of business spiels."
Andi Stover | Literary Review
"...superb supporting performance by Angela Lin. Lin plays a young translator and a government official, transforming so completely she is barely recognizable in her later roles."
Marilyn Stasio | Variety
"Much hilarity is made of the unfortunate literary efforts of Chinese translators like the hapless specimen played so amusingly here by Angela Lin."
Wickham Boyle | Edge
"The translator, played so wonderfully by Angela Lin, is a natural comic ... contorting herself and providing endless lost-in-translation interpretations. "
John Olson | Talkin' Broadway
"Angela Lin handle a variety of supporting roles that contribute to the evening's humor quite nicely."
Dan Bacalzo | TheaterMania
"...a scene-stealing turn from Angela Lin as a rather inept translator..."
Joseph Cervelli | NorthJersey
"...things get completely hilarious with an inept translator (a delightfully daffy Angela Lin)."
Mark Peikert | NY Press
"Silverman's cast finds variations on Hwang's gag - particularly Angela Lin as an inept translator..."
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Charles McNulty | Los Angeles Times
Critics Choice & LA Times Top 10 Plays of 2014
"A superb Angela Lin marvelously individualizes Callie's vagueness. She captures the comfortable yet exceedingly narrow band within which her character resides. But she also registers the tremors of longing that Callie has repressed but cannot shake...I can't remember when a love story has moved me more."
Evan Henerson | TheaterMania
"...some gritty work by actress Angela Lin goes a long way toward making Sueko's production often heartbreaking.... Lin skillfully handles the contrast between the newly-in-love Callie and the Callie who — post-attack — has to grow up. The character doesn't always make the most admirable decisions, but her choices are quite human, and we are with her at every turn."
Steven Stanley | StageScene
"...beginning with the quirky charms of the absolutely irresistible Lin, who aces both the romcom breeziness of Callie’s pre-crisis scenes and the stark drama of life post-attack in a role that has her scarcely if ever leaving the stage and commanding it throughout the play’s intermissionless ninety minutes."
Jenny Lower | LA Weekly
"Sueko has created an affecting production, largely due to Angela Lin’s standout performance... Lin plumbs even throwaway lines for meaning, revealing new shades of subtext and humor that make the character’s evolution believable and compelling. She is also gifted at making the abrupt shifts between hilarity and tragedy necessitated by the play’s structure feel seamless and authentic.... it’s Lin who makes the character, and the production, her own."
Patrick Hurley | TheatreBlog!
"As Callie, Angela Lin does a fantastic job of shifting from scene to scene, and emotion to emotion. We see her internal struggle, we feel her panic, we understand her desire. She evokes us at every turn. Her monologue about the attack itself is harrowing. But her best moments are when she’s looking at Sara, no words needed. She is able, with only a look, to convey the passionate, exciting and inquisitive internal world of a person falling in love, and it is sublime."