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Fruiting Bodies

From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Resonant

About the show

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. 

Member Reviews (21)


Quirky, Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Resonant

Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

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.

Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Funny

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.

Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Confusing, Cliched

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!

May 10th, 2019
"Sesma gives a beautiful performance as the kind of man who would be reduced to black or white views online. Kikue and Corwin are splendid as his daughters, although neither of their characters gets the chance to become more than supporting players, exclusively there to provide comic relief and c...
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May 1st, 2019
"With 'Bodies,' playwright Sam Chanse attempts to explore the realities of Japanese-American culture in the 21st century, but gets lost in the process. 'Bodies' is at its core an exploration of familial ties and meaningful human connections, as is made clear by the time it reaches its multiple em...
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April 30th, 2019
"Chanse’s writing excels in creating a refreshing world where racial identity is seamlessly intertwined with the rising action of the play, but is not the cause of primary theme...Unfortunately, there are times where the script veers a little too far from its roots, and pacing becomes a concern.....
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April 29th, 2019
“A project that hasn’t quite figured itself out yet; neither Sam Chanse’s script nor Shelley Butler’s direction ever quite lands on a consistent aesthetic or tone...At its core, the play is a gentle, largely conventional family drama...But Chanse adds a bunch of additional layers, not entirely su...
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