Ma-Yi's latest production tells story of two sisters trapped in a Northern CA forest which seems to keep shape-shifting around them as they search for their father who is lost on a mushroom-hunting expedition.
After encountering a mysterious young boy who bears a striking resemblance to their absent brother, the family searches for the road back, tackling limited visibility and the interfamilial politics of race and gender, pushed to extremes.
See it if If you want to see four good actors and good direction.
Don't see it if Shiw is good at beginning, better at end, however, the middle of it is slow, gets boring and loses steam. If you want something consistent.
See it if Quirky, off-beat drama about 2nd generation Asian American family Magic realism muddies better handled realistic elements on a handsome set
Don't see it if Despite some fine poetic writing, the subplots keep hallucinating (esp around father's onsite of dementia) The two daughters fare the best
See it if you'd like to see a strong play from an original, innovative young playwright.
Don't see it if you are looking for a fully naturalistic play: This piece plays with the form & has supernatural elements.
See it if interested in Asian-American writers & cast, enjoy multi-generation family plays, want to learn a bit about mushrooms, see a woods-based set
Don't see it if you need straight-forward linear plot, confused by an actor playing several roles including a mushroom, don't like obvious family secrets
See it if hmmm, well. The actors are good and in a cool forest set while showing us lotsa family dynamics and searching for non-poisonous mushrooms.
Don't see it if Don’t want windy meditations/explications re fungi, family, aging, a gay son v a trad dad, more. It's odd posing as lyrical. Story unclear.
See it if you are interested in plots about family relationships and cultural issues.
Don't see it if you prefer larger productions or are sensitive to mental issues of aging parents.
See it if In the foggy enchanted forest, a mystical unfolding of 3 siblings' trajectories because of their semi-traditional father. Mixed race actors!
Don't see it if Family stories, daddy-ish issues coping with distant fathers, light magic / nonlinear time, or mixed race / hapa issues aren't your thing.
Also Ticket from website using discount code for $31.88.
See it if You enjoy quirky dramadies performed by four very good actors
Don't see it if This show was interesting at the very beginning and end. However, the majority was very much less interesting.
See it if Like nonsense performed on stage by good actors
Don't see it if Make your own excuse why you do not need to see it- stay home, dance under the rain, participate in mashroom hunt-and please, do not go
See it if you're longing for a story involving Japanese Americans that is basically a living room dysfunctional family drama set in the woods.
Don't see it if you hate magical realism, endless exposition, & stories that lack any real events or plot. Some great acting, though!
See it if The poetic writing and significant family/societal themes provide some power and absorbing intrigue. Provocative production design.
Don't see it if Ultimately rambling, seems unfocused.
See it if you enjoy an exploration of family issues, father issues, sister issues... Asian-American actors... mushrooms... magical forest?
Don't see it if you don't enjoy somewhat fantastical elements... exploring family issues.
See it if / to be brought into a magical yet naturalistic and interesting family drama. Hapa (mixed-race Asian) actors playing hapa characters, a plus
Don't see it if you may want everything wrapped up in a bow at the end; don't like not getting all your questions answered.
See it if You like your contemporary drama mixed with a little magical realism. And if you hunt mushrooms
Don't see it if You might have a problem with a giant talking mushroom
See it if Family funghi hunting for their Japanese-American identity."We're mixed,too,it's a big deal." And "No inner compass--a symbol for judgment."
Don't see it if Sprouts and spores and morrells, oh my! Family just struggles to be found by each other with the assist of tiresome talking mushroom boy.