The Public Theater presents Odet's portrait of a Depression-era, lower middle class Jewish family in the Bronx, performed by The National Asian American Theatre Company. More…
The battle lines for a lower-middle-class Jewish family in the Depression-era Bronx are drawn between the string-pulling parents who think they know best and their resistant offspring who have hatched their own dreams of the future. The parents, grandparents, and children who sought refuge and forged new lives each have their own, generational ideas about what their future will hold. The National Asian American Theatre Company will kick off its 25th Season in residency at The Public with this classic Odets drama. Stephen Brown-Fried directs an all-Asian American cast.
See it if A new, original take on a classic. Terrific performances. Still relevant.
Don't see it if The sound of Yoddish coming out of Chinese mouths is jarring to you.
See it if You like period pieces and can relate to Yiddish theater. Good acting and casting
Don't see it if You dislike off off Broadway shows and dislike reading translations on screen throughout
See it if you love Odets, personal and political stories mixed together, you love Chekhov, or old-timey NYC. You support artists of color.
Don't see it if you hate: period pieces, theatrical dialogue, hate Odets, Chekhov, or 'classic' play tropes. or love: new plays only, "historical accuracy"
See it if The series of vignettes about the complexity of life in the U.S. really present opportunities for discussion after the play.
Don't see it if The play relies on vignettes but does not seek to have an overall purpose other than consciousness raising. Nothing more than questions.
See it if you like to see new takes on classic works. This period drama finds new resonance with an all-Asian cast.
Don't see it if you don't like to see classics of the American theater.