Good Enemy
82

Good Enemy NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(116 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
9%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

About the Show

A father finds that escaping his past means leaving behind his daughter as well.

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Member Reviews (116)

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697 Reviews | 106 Followers
84
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a powerful, well acted and written drama placed between 2 times, 1984 and 2021, about a man whose past affects his life now.

Don't see it if you like a plot thats takes place in one time period or you are a believer in Communist China. Read more

441 Reviews | 112 Followers
55
Melodrama to the extreme, If it's a trope - it's used, Great set, Disappointing, Ahistorical

See it if you enjoy surface melodrama of a parental relationship with the title character having only a secondary role

Don't see it if you want to see an author actually address his topic Read more

466 Reviews | 65 Followers
84
Resonant

See it if Intergenerational trauma affecting a father's ability to talk to daughter. Part memory play in China in the 80s when culture opened a little

Don't see it if Immigrant stories, strained parent-child relationships, authoritarian gov, profanity, guns, covid aren't your thing. Read more

302 Reviews | 34 Followers
85
Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Well acted stories , Family drama’s about identity and personal histories. What we leave behind and what we leave unsaid Beautifully done

Don't see it if You want a superficial easy night out with elaborate sets and costumes. This is an intimate experience both in form and content

262 Reviews | 40 Followers
82
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You would like to see a very well acted play about what some of the Chinese did for their government.

Don't see it if You like light type plays.

205 Reviews | 28 Followers
82
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you have an interest in multi-generational family dramas and explorations of past, present, and the complexities of identity.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and airy. While threaded with notable humor, much of the play has an inherent darkness. Read more

167 Reviews | 94 Followers
78
Will make a solid radio play, Smart, Unsurprising, Good in every way

See it if you like to learn recent history with your theater and appreciate strong craft in every department.

Don't see it if you want to be bowled over.

177 Reviews | 34 Followers
90
Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to view a father daughter relationship that opens up and discovers love. It is an amazing and touching story.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the human struggles of a young couple fleeing China only to face more hurtles in the USA

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
November 10th, 2022

"'Good Enemy' is a mélange of a play — about oppression and democracy, cowardice and bravery, love and loneliness. Mostly, though, it is about getting a second chance, and being wise enough to grab it."
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Time Out New York
November 8th, 2022

"The two characters who share no language wind up making the play’s easiest and most natural connection."
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Theatermania
November 7th, 2022

" 'Good Enemy' is a handsomely produced world premiere of a play that is gripping, heartbreaking, and undeniably important. History is an onerous burden, but its obliteration is a luxury that we may not be able to afford."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 18th, 2022

"Whatever is wrong with 'Good Enemy,' it certainly isn't dull and it's to Liu's credit that he is willing to take on such ambitious material. I hope he revisits it as his skills progress, as they undoubtedly will."
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Talkin' Broadway
November 6th, 2022

"The elements do not completely cohere, and some of the play's effect is diluted in its attempt to give each segment equal weight, but the playwright, Yilong Liu, has a unique voice and is an artist worth following."
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Front Row Center
November 8th, 2022

"A young man’s inability to stay quiet in tumultuous times versus the intentional silence of his later years provides the time-jumping tension in 'Good Enemy.'"
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The Wrap
November 6th, 2022

"While Liu never lets up on the accelerator of his very purple narrative, he sometimes resorts to autopilot when it comes to the dialogue."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
November 6th, 2022

"The world premiere of 'Good Enemy' is captivating in every way, from its rounded portrayals and clear staging to its momentous story and message of the importance of human connection."
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