Second Stage Theatre presents this world premiere drama about three women from different generations who find their identities in question. More…
Alex is a 15-year-old Asian-American girl going to extremes to get her own mother to notice her. She’s a dream child—except to her parents who wish she were a boy. Luckily, she finds a sympathetic ear in Kate, her irreverent guidance counselor who knows all too well what it’s like to walk in Alex’s shoes. Who makes the identity rules and what happens when you break them?
See it if you believe all negative stereotypes & cliches about Asian immigrants/Asian Americans. You want predictable, uni-dimensional characters.
Don't see it if you want to see real characters of any depth or real humanity. The cast do try, but the writing & directing give them zero to work with.
See it if It rings the issue of Asian American pressure at home and education, and misogyny in patriarchal Chinese American families to attention.
Don't see it if There are too many stereotypes about Asians in the play.
See it if well-written, directed and over-all well-acted play dealing with cultural differences and their impact on families when different races date
Don't see it if if you hold any prejudices relating to interracial dating, then stay away from this play but it will be at your own loss.
See it if You like a complex, thoughtful story, well staged, funny and very well written. The acting is good and there is little not to like.
Don't see it if You don't want to go to an uptown venue to see a show by a playwright you haven't heard of about cultural and generational conflict.
See it if you enjoy dramas about immigrants and their children, very sympathetic characters and strong direction. Engorssing story and great dialogue.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy dramas about families or teenagers. I was disappointed by the end and also way too many locations for one set.
See it if You value new voices with deep insight in truly human dilemmas; an excellent cast, very tight/smart direction and set. A real surprise.
Don't see it if You don't want to deal with a funny, moving, non-linear, very human story with complex people who you love and hate simultaneously.
See it if You like relevant stories of teenage life and conflicts between parents and teens. The female roles are strong and very well-acted.
Don't see it if You are sensitive to teen angst and cannot deal with deep emotions. Averse to physical and emotional abuse. Think males rule the home.
See it if Exploration of familial and quasi-familial relationships interest you. Themes of mothers and daughters, achievement/expectation, racism.
Don't see it if You're easily upset. There are some brutal verbal and even physical assaults.
See it if You enjoy solid theater that shows an interesting view of a culture probably different from your own. A little off-beat & sometimes jarring.
Don't see it if You don't like serious things in your theater, or strong women led theater. The men were good, the women were GREAT.
See it if Universal issues facing families and young adults portrayed in an Asian context interest you.
Don't see it if The Asian context prevents you from seeing that every women is someone's daughter.
See it if Asian 'tiger' women dominate in an overfilled drama. Solid writing amid cliches yet men seemingly fare better amid feminist themes
Don't see it if Adrales' crisp staging helps ease some of the lumpy plotting but female leads are all unsympathetic Hutchinson's talent is evident but raw
See it if you want to support a new work by an up and coming playwright with a diverse cast.
Don't see it if you want to see a fully polished product. Some great ideas and moments of good writing but it is still a work in progress.
See it if You are patient with scripts that need shaping and are trying to do too much.
Don't see it if You have high expectations for a polished script and realistic performances. The women are particularly over-the-top in their delivery.
See it if you want to see a new play which still need to be worked on. Maybe mothers and daughters will find more in this play than others.
Don't see it if you want to see something that comes across like a work in progress. It is very cliched writing and poorly performed.
See it if you like stories that explore diversity; you like supporting new voices in theater
Don't see it if you value stories that are accurate about the Chinese American experience; you hate performances that are rushed
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