Cookin' NANTA (Myeongdong)
Cookin' NANTA (Myeongdong)
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"A talented troupe of Korean performers treats Cookin' audience to a taste of Culinary lunacy-sliced and diced to percussive perfection." - Playbill, Minetta Lane Theatre-NANTA premiered in 1997 and is the longest running show in Korean history. This electrifying 90-min show, on the comically-charged efforts of four cooks who are tasked with preparing an entire wedding banquet in just one hour, is one of Korea's most popular musicals of all time. Since its first performance, this world famous non-verbal performance made a record of 20% above full capacity at the theatre driving the largest number of audience in Korean history.
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Neighbourhood: Myeongdong / Namdaemun
Arguably Seoul’s most famous neighbourhood and undoubtedly one of its most popular, Myeongdong takes shopping and eating to new heights, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and cafes all stacked on top of one another. The rise in popularity of Korean cosmetics, fashion, and more has made this area a must-see for visitors who come and marvel at Myeongdong’s often frenetic pace and energy. Lotte and Shinsaegae’s massive department stores are also popular draws for both Korean and luxury products. The department stores, just like Myeongdong’s streets, are crowded around the clock. Myeongdong’s many street food carts are also immensely popular for their inexpensive and quirky offerings (French-fry-encrusted corn dogs, anyone?). The neighbourhood’s popularity, as well as its close proximity to other popular sights and neighbourhoods, makes it one of Seoul’s most popular places to stay.
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  • Euljiro 1-ga • 4 min walk
  • Myeong-dong • 5 min walk
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Suezents
Oesterbro, Denmark46 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
Probably fun if you like slapstick.
I was honestly very bored. The acts didn't catch me at all, waist of time and money.
They actors were charming, but their talent not well organised, even though it was without language there was a few cultural references, which my cousin had to explain.

I really wanted to like it, but I couldn't wait for it to end.
Written 13 November 2023
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KartikSharma2612
Mumbai, India95 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Solo
Absolute fun….. I haven’t laughed this much in so many years. Excellent presentation, talented artists, absolute genius kind of theme….. never thought it would be so good. Don’t miss this if in Seoul…..
Written 23 August 2023
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rama1
Melbourne, Australia1,181 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Friends
Difficult to put a label on this - slapstick, corny jokes, athletic, riveting spring to mind. But most of all fun. Loosely set around a kitchen, there is plate throwing, knife skills, percussion which is first rate and some slick audience participation. 90 minutes of high energy.
Written 2 April 2023
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readingteach627
Livonia, MI347 contributions
Nov. 2022
This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Seoul. It was lots of fun to see the actors in their comedy routines. Great fun and no need to understand Korean!
Written 21 December 2022
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2824
Singapore, Singapore521 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Family
Was a bit apprehensive towards the show but it disappeared as the show started. The show utilises a simple non verbal comic format to connect to all nationalities. A comic show based on cooking with 5 characters is a good 1.5 hrs of fun and relaxation.
Written 3 January 2020
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Romuluz75
Penang Island, Malaysia2,461 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Family
Its an excellent show, very unique in its own way. The beginning and the end was very entertaining. There was a tinge of magic as part of the performance, which included mainly of cooking utensils.
Written 27 December 2019
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bryut
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Oct. 2019
I hate to take away anything from the outstanding performers, but I would't recommend this show for anyone with social anxiety. The decision of the show's writers and management to use psychological compliance measures to basically force clapping and enthusiasm at the penalty of being called out or even dragged up on stage by the performers. Encourage enthusiasm, I understand. But this wasn't that.

It basically felt like they were using the same fear-based gaslighting techniques used by religious organizations and militaries to brainwash, control, and then convince people they actually wanted to go long for the ride. Also, they also make it basically impossible due to extreme social pressure, and extraordinarily strong frame, to refuse being pulled up on stage once you're singled out. They also say people can't leave the performance to go to the bathroom after the show starts (!).

The call outs, or being dragged on stage probably happen around 10-15 times during the performance.

Again, the performers are excellent, but unfortunately the fear of public embarrassment that they kept threatening or implying for me as a socially anxious person was an extreme detractor and I was happy when the show was over.
Written 19 November 2019
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CEO_traveler
82 contributions
Nov. 2019
Fun show with amazing and talented artists they can dance, sing, play "drums" (sort of), cook, acrobat....must see.
Written 5 November 2019
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Serena20999
Auckland Central, New Zealand18 contributions
Sep. 2019 • Friends
Kitchen knives and utensils were the instruments used in this acrobatic musical performance. Very energetic, lots of laughter, highly recommended to everyone including young school children.
Written 8 October 2019
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kksfv
Martinez, CA115 contributions
Oct. 2019
It is very entertaining and funny, even if you are not the type to participate, you will. It will make you laugh and sheer. It has some English words but it is mostly sounds that everybody can understand. I would recommend this show when the weather is hot so that you can relax in a cool place for 2 hours. Not expensive, look for the days that have extra discounts. We paid $70.00 for 2.
Written 8 October 2019
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