The Bottoming Process Reviews
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
"...I would still recommend this to my friends because diverse voices should be celebrated. As a new playwright, Nicholas Pilapil has quite a unique and sharp voice. The Los Angeles theater community is better with voices such as his. I look forward to his future endeavors, as I am confident he will only improve."
Stage Scene LA- Somewhat Recommended
"...Nicholas Pilipil's The Bottoming Process may start off as an engaging contemporary gay romcom in the same vein as Fire Island and Bros but what it ends up being is a rancor-fueled diatribe."
Stage Raw- Recommended
"...Directed by Rodney To, The Bottoming Process is visually pleasing, with Christopher Scott Murillo's harmonious, uncluttered set nicely augmented by Nick Santiago's video design - a mix of gardens and other upscale interiors with multiple projections of the characters' faces flooding the backdrop as they vent their opinions. Josh Epstein's lighting and Jeff Gardner's sound enhance these effects. The adept ensemble includes Anisha Adusumilli as John's, and later Milo's, poised and worldly agent, as well as Ty Molback in a variety of supporting roles, including Rosie's laidback White boyfriend Daniel and a good-looking stranger whose attentions John fends off out of respect for his relationship with Milo."
Glamgical- Highly Recommended
"...Nicholas Pilapil's writting is a subtle mixture of lyricism and playful comedy with a punch. The lines are not just hilarious, they also reflect a unique Asian perspective and that of other immigrants as well. To be clear, The Bottoming Process is a play that can trigger heated arguments. It is, after all, a very personal take on the conversation about racial inequalities and whiteness as an aspirational state in America. The introspective last scene appears to tells us that the concept of colonization seems to be latent in our insecurities and expectations as we relate to others, whether that concept is real or imaginary."
The Hollywood Times- Somewhat Recommended
"...Currently on stage at the Renberg Theatre located at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood is the world premiere of The Bottoming Process, a new play by Nicholas Pilapil. This play staged by the innovative IAMA Theatre Company starts off as an engaging gay romcom in the vein of Andrew Ahnís recent film Fire Island (2022), with its Jane Austen flair but ends up seeming more like an angry diatribe about white privilege and fetishizing gay Asian men."