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Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth

From 8 critic and 55 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Cliched, Clever

About the show

The Playwright's Realm presents this world premiere comedy about conception and deep-space travel. More…

Friends William and Betsy haven't seen each other since high school. They've both followed their dreams, but something is missing: his all-consuming job at NASA doesn't leave time for a family, and she can't bear another unsuccessful round of IVF with her partner Shoshanna. When Betsy texts William out the blue and asks him to be her sperm donor, both friends are forced to make decisions that will shape the rest of their lives. This new comedy explores a different sort of coming of age - when dreams give way to plans, and idealism becomes realism.

Diandra Reviews it All

"A sweet look into the ups and down of being human and making one...A play that gives hope in humanity...Your heart grows bigger and bigger for these characters because you understand them...Funny, kind, and plays like a living film...Oguma (Farthest Explorer) steals the show...Surprisingly 'Oprah-esque' in its desire to reach and elevate audience's hearts...A celebration of people's resilience to not simply fight against those that oppose them, but to love those that support them." Full Review

Village Voice

"A sitcom-y space drama about family-making and personal risk...Clunky but sweet, Nguyen's piece is an invitation to value impossible odysseys, no matter where they might end...An odd mixture of thudding cliché and engaging ode to personal growth...The play's central comparison is between a fetus and a space probe...Won't launch you on a journey to wildly unknown terrain, but he'll lead you onto familiar ground with compassionate humor." Full Review


"Nguyen's poetically sly sensibility comes through loud and clear. When it comes to the human characters, though...we have a problem...Sitcom-style characterization and banter...None of the capable quartet makes much of an impression. Their performances all operate within the same basic bandwith. Carroll's staging doesn't help them find room...Oguma, this anthropomorphized Voyager I, becomes the production's most recognizably human creation." Full Review

The New York Times

"Ambitious and labored...Nguyen has a fine concept and a genuine sweetness to his writing...The characters feel like rough sketches rather than people and despite a few nicely observed moments, they act in ways that have less to do with human behavior than with Nguyen setting up jokes and set pieces...When the stage realism fails, there are enjoyably surreal interludes, courtesy of a creature called the Farthest Explorer...Played with cheery wonder by the adorable Olivia Oguma." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"An uneven mix of sitcom humor and a tender-hearted examination of love, friendship, and hope...Nguyen shows some real strengths whenever he touches on the emotional elements of the story...But none of this is explored adequately...The playwright falls down the rabbit hole into the world of television comedy and bromance movies...The actors and director King-Carroll do their best with the underwritten roles." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"Written, acted, and directed…for broad farcical effects - there was…laughter…even at the most innocuous comments - but, eventually, things settle down...'Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth' is the kind of play in which…men have their private conversations while defecating in adjoining stalls…, or in which the sperm donor, given a thick stack of porn…, chooses…to masturbate to a copy of 'Little Women'...These and other puerile choices make it difficult to take anything seriously." Full Review


"Nguyen wants the play to be grounded in life experience, but neither the work itself nor the production earn the serious emotions that he and director Carroll are trying to elicit...A play in the style of a traditional television sitcom, one that relies too heavily on jokes...All of the performances feel too false to convey the necessary humanity needed in order to make the final scenes work...Unlike her costars, Oguma is able to create a wholly original performance that is oddly believable." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"An apparently sincere attempt at dealing with a modern phenomenon, it consistently relies on lame gags and tired tropes to make its points...It's a tired sex-farce idea, and it hits the trifecta, being awkwardly written, directed, and performed...Under the direction of Jade King Carroll, the actors skate across the surface of the dialogue, playing for laughs that aren't there and declining to probe the characters' deeper feelings." Full Review

Absorbing, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You like intellgent, contemporary works that have a si-fi quality

Don't see it if You don’t like fanciful elements mixed in with straightforward storylines

Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like light comedies that make you think a little too. It’s a clever concept with pretty good follow through.

Don't see it if You’re bothered by silly jokes or plays that are good but with some flaws. The dialogue towards the end could use a little work.

Interesting, wierd, Relevant, Confusing

See it if you want to see a play about Lesbians trying to find a surrogate to have a baby with tied into space exploration & the future of humans.

Don't see it if you feel like you have seen this subject manner done many times in other plays and movies.

Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You wanted to see a talented multi-ethnic cast in a charming and mostly light-hearted comedy-drama

Don't see it if you like a big message with your shows or are looking for a straight comedy or drama

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if enjoy mixing disparate topics together, done well and written well

Don't see it if wish for depth into the topics

Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you're in the mood for a mostly-funny (though sometimes broad) comedy (sort of) that also has moments of tenderness, sorrow, and heart

Don't see it if you don't want sometimes-childish humor, you don't want to see a play about struggles with infertility

Also I really liked the set/staging of this, and found the dual storyline a... Read more Read less

Quirky, Clever

See it if One-act dramedy focuses on lesbian couple relying on childhood friend for donor IVF with clever reproductive correlation to space program.

Don't see it if Makes light of infertility issues with multiple "Star Wars" references. A few hostile remarks from threatened partner lobbed at male friend.

Funny, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if you might like a 90 minute show that parallels the creation of a baby with the creation of the universe. Occasionally funny and relevant.

Don't see it if you're looking for something profound or are averse to sexual themes and language. It's a cute show, but don't go in with high expectations.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Indulgent, Funny

See it if You're interested in a couple's struggles to conceive

Don't see it if The question of whether to have children doesn't interest you

Also The framing device of Voyager 1 talking to the audience was severely m... Read more Read less

Heavyhanded, by-the-book playwrighting, Predictable, Game cast, Both comedy (sitcom) & drama (lifetime tv) contrived

See it if you want to support a venturesome company taking a chance on a new(ish) playwright; don't expect a lot in the way of depth or originality

Don't see it if the thought of a cute, talking Voyager II space probe as a character makes you cringe; stereotypes (butch dyke, oafish straight guy) offend

Also It's unfortunate that most of the material (set in 2012 to align with ... Read more Read less

Goodbye from frustrated audience

See it if you are under 30 and vibe with the silliness on stage.

Don't see it if you need serious drama at this venue. Botched mashup of styles: sitcom humor and earnest LGBTQ love. After an hour, it was tiresome.

Also Olivia Oguma is terrific as the alien creature. She had a better handl... Read more Read less

Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy bold new work from a promising emerging playwright.

Don't see it if you need a dramaturgically sound bold as the concept of the play is, the structure and writing sometimes fails the production.

Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a show that isn’t too thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you are expecting it to be a show about space

Depressing, Confused, Stereotypical, Slow

See it if You've ever wanted to see a show about lesbian pregnancy AND space exploration.

Don't see it if You are offended by gay storylines.

Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Slow, Cliched

See it if You like lots of juvenile, clichéd mentions of sex acts from supposedly well-educated people in their mid-thirties.

Don't see it if You expect a thoughtful play featuring supposedly intelligent characters facing thwarted hopes.

Slow, Quirky, Excruciating, Indulgent, Banal

See it if You like vulgarity and superficial phony profundity.

Don't see it if You want to see real characters that make sense

Indulgent, Slow, Dull, Confusing, Cute guy

See it if you're really into people talking about getting pregnant and outer space jargon.

Don't see it if you have a choice. or you don't like babies, gays, or space.

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Your seeking a different view of how people come together and drift apart.

Don't see it if you're uninterested in the struggles of friendship and community

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Cute

See it if You want a play that's acted well, filled with lovable characters and handles its subject with creativity and tact.

Don't see it if You're bothered by a script that can sometimes be a little sitcommy.

During previews
Funny, touching, relevant, honest, well-acted

See it if You enjoy watching 4 individuals interacting beautifully (plus 1 charmingly cute narrator).

Don't see it if You have hang-ups about same-sex relationships or expect fancy set-changes.

During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if a combination of pathos, humor, sadness, disappointment and hope touches something in you.

Don't see it if you don't care to see a show with strong homosexual characters, you prefer lighter entertainment

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Romantic

See it if If like seeing off -the-wall comedies. It's a talented cast that takes you on a planetary adventure

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy seeing plays about gay romance and relationships.

During previews
Entertaining, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you are interested in seeing the work of an up-and-coming playwright, Dan Nguyen. Some faults, but I saw an early preview.

Don't see it if you are not interested in new writers.

During previews
Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a light evening of a pleasant show!

Don't see it if are expecting a deep and heavy show!

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if Complex characters that are seldom given center stage: queer, PoC, asexual/non-romantic. Optimism & joy in the face of despair & loneliness

Don't see it if Don't like queer people or people of color. You find earnest storytelling boring or cheesy.

Cast & Creatives (12)