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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

Dizzying, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

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

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Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You just like going to theatre

Don't see it if You want a solid show with competent direction

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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