Suicide Forest
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Suicide Forest

Suicide Forest NYC Reviews and Tickets

(22 Reviews)
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Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Ma-Yi presents an encore staging of "Suicide Forest," a bilingual nightmare play excavating the Japanese-American consciousness and its looming relationship with sex, suicide, and identity.

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Indulgent, Dark, Overrated, Edgy, Surreal

See it if you love experimental, strange, other-worldly theater. SF is unrelentingly weird/unsettling. It makes cultural points, but has no real arc.

Don't see it if you want coherence; mostly incomprehensible. Theater's goal is to entertain &/or enlighten; I experienced neither. SF was NOT for me. Gd set

Raunchy, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if If you like surrealist plays that are different in style and focus.

Don't see it if This play goes very dark. Some real intense moments . If you dont like sex, sex themes.

Critic Reviews (7)

Time Out New York
March 3rd, 2020

4/5 Stars. "It's a raw, provocative and eviscerating exploration of the artist's own identity, wrapped in the bubble-gum-pink and pastel hues of Tokyo export Hello Kitty."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 6th, 2020

"That’s Really Mom Up There: 'Suicide Forest' and 'SKiNFoLK'"
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Lighting & Sound America
March 4th, 2020

"'Suicide Forest' is a fantasy on themes of identity in three movements. It is, by turns, brilliant, baffling, and highly self-indulgent…It's a head-scratcher, an original, an irritant. With this one, you're on your own."
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March 6th, 2020

"This illustrates the biggest problem with 'Suicide Forest': it takes on too many issues, jumping from social to sexual to mythological to intimate family subjects. Making the play even more difficult to understand is that it is performed in both Japanese and English."
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Front Row Center
March 5th, 2020

Score: 90%. "For 'Suicide Forest's' frightening scope and ambition, it works because of its masterful creative shepherding. The depth of Lee's collaboration with Ogawa has effectively teased out many of the beats in Lee's script that make it so original."
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The New York Times
March 4th, 2019
For a previous production

"When the fourth wall breaks, this nightmare-vision play about Japanese-American identity cracks wide open, and what’s underneath is so heart-stingingly tender and explicitly personal that the whole work shifts...Go see it at the Bushwick Starr, where Aya Ogawa has directed a wild ride of a production...For a haunted daughter, this play is an exorcism. But it is also an embrace."
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March 6th, 2019
For a previous production

"Simultaneously confounding and thrilling...Lee's sudden swerve toward introspective navel-gazing is a double-edged sword: As touching as it does also leech away the more beguiling sense of mystery the play had heretofore built up...Even if not all of Lee's formal and emotional gambits work, enough of them connect to make 'Suicide Forest' an invigoratingly risky, genuinely thought-provoking experience, one worth seeing no matter your linguistic and cultural background."
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