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Not very entertaining and not very contentious

As I understand it the Moustache Brothers have been in trouble with the government in the past due... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2019
sarrang
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
9/10

If Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer added politics to their comedy it would be something like this... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2019
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

I want to mention that Zin Mi, a Moustache daughter, runs an excellent tour business. She is the guide and her husband does the driving. Zin is delightful and she can really add to your understanding and enjoyment of Myanmar. They have a very comfortable vehicle. I went on several tours and they helped me learn and see a great deal. They are fun to be with as well. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

Literally, a riot -- definitely go. You'll be happy you did. It's a mix of political commentary, ethnic dance, and comedy.

Hint: show up early and chat with Lu Maw. It's good fun, and unlike many of his countrymen, he doesn't mind talking openly about contemporary Myanmar.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 28 April 2015

The show is artistically and amusementwise on the same level as watching an akward middle school play.

After Par Par Lay, the front person of the comedy trio, passed away, his brother Lu Maw has kept the show running, however lacking the jokes, stand-up comedy and other fun gags which made the act famous. Instead, half the show consist of Lu Maw talking about the corrupt regime in Myanmar and the former glory of the show, showing an old video of Aung San Suu Kyi attending and laughing at Par Par Lay's jokes, showing a clip from the movie About a Boy where Par Par Lay is mentioned and showing an ancient version of Lonely Planet featuring a picture of his wife on the cover. The other half of the show is his wife, brother, grandkids and other relatives dancing around in funny costumes.

The price is 10 000 Kyat, the show lasts for 1 hour 45 minutes, the audience on the night I visited was 10-or-so foreign tourists sitting on plastic chairs in front of the scene (which is the entrance of the family home). Lu Maw is hard to understand, due both to his thick accent and also to the terrible sound system, with a loud echo. Although he is spelling out and repeating many words and also supplementing by showing cardboards with words, the points are not easy to catch and it seems more like a rant than comedy. It is simply not funny. It leaves the thought that anyone with some costumes, a bunch of family members, a few quick lines and a bottle of rum could have done better.

Why go? The Moustache Brothers is historically an icon in the peaceful defiance against the governing regime of Myanmar, and it is fun to have seen the remnants of the show. No doubt, critizising the regime in this way has demanded a lot courage, and attending the show supports that effort. Also, there are not a whole lot of other better alternatives for a show at nighttime in Mandalay.

However, if the goal is entertainment this might not be the right place.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed 24 March 2015

There was a time when the Moustache Brothers were probing the military government's resolve, and they paid dearly for their verbal exploits. That was the time when they were admired for their courage and resolve.

But the times have changed, and with a more liberal political attitude and less governmental pressure, as well as the passing of their founding partner Par Par Lay (2013), the remaining Moustache Brothers and their team ought to hit the Refresh button, and the sooner the better. Remember, the KGB and Stasi died more than 20 years ago.

A malfunctioning sound system did not help, and at that moment the USD 10 admittance fee (for foreigners and locals alike) felt like a high price to pay for a performance that seemed so out of touch with the times.

I have known the Moustache Brothers for some time, and I am a little saddened by the aggressive commercialism surrounding the performance these days (T-shirts, puppets and the Moustache Brothers Taxi). Sure, everybody in Myanmar wants to take advantage of the tourist dollars pouring in, and sure again, why shouldn't the Moustache Brothers.

However, for the sake of their reputation, it would be beneficial to update the performance, and the rest will fall into place.

Date of experience: January 2015
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Reviewed 19 January 2015

The act is a bit cheesy but funny...although if you are not fluent in English, some of the jokes might be missed. The history of this troupe is the main draw and the performance is worth seeing. We really enjoyed it and felt it enhanced our understanding of the country. Extremely friendly performers.

Date of experience: November 2014
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