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No-No Boy

From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

About the show

Pan Asian Rep's post-World War II drama follows Japanese-American draft resister Ichiro Yamada as he struggles to come to terms with the consequences of his choices after he is released from prison. More…

Adapted from the groundbreaking novel by John Okada, 'No-No Boy' explores what it was like for Japanese Americans to return to the West and try to get back on their feet after a war that had uprooted them all. 

Member Reviews (4)


Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting
Avg Score

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you are interested in the history of the Japanese internment camps in the US & what happened after performed by large all-Asian cast

Don't see it if you don't like works with minimal sets & costumes representing multiple locations or depictions of war injuries, poor mental states

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a rarely addressed slicde of american history, how we doubly mistreated Japanese Americans. Truly painful and shocking.

Don't see it if If you want another fluffy theater theater visit. This show will knock the wind out of you. It should be required in times like these.

Intelligent, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that deal with serious subjects.

Don't see it if you prefer light entertainment that doesn't make you think.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if you enjoy history, storytelling, period drama and good acting.

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic, there are 8 actors on a very small stage and if you have a full house that day, its hard not to feel fenced in.

February 11th, 2018
"A rare, vivid insight into Japanese-American life after WWII...Nakahara pares the story to the bone...Narasaki’s theatrical adaptation has the same trouble as many stage treatments: a story of private contemplation becomes a string of episodes and loses its narrative voice...In the hope of makin...
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February 15th, 2018
"Narasaki’s adaptation parses through a dense and layered novel to find the dramatic action necessary to portray the text theatrically. The cast is excellent...There was no lighting design: the lights stay on the whole time...The actors sometimes have to awkwardly come out of character in front o...
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June 23rd, 2016
for a previous production "There are over ten well-rendered characters whose situations and emotions are vividly dramatized...Presenting this epic story with a large cast in such a very small space as it is being done at Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre is problematic visually...Director Ron Nakahara’s staging is resourceful ...
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June 27th, 2016
for a previous production "'No-No Boy' is a very good play with a harsh, scalding beginning, but it has some weaknesses. One big problem the play should have addressed was the legal standing of Japanese-American men...Much of the success of the play is due to spirited work by skilled director Ron Nakahara. You have to giv...
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