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Suicide Forest

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

In 1990’s Japan, a teenage girl grapples with her sexuality in a nightmarish, male-defined society as a salaryman desperately tries to escape his masochistic psyche. Both are clawing for their self-worth. When their two journeys collide, they expose their darkest desires fueled by shame as they now confront life and death with the notorious Suicide Forest looming over their imagination. Performed by a Japanese heritage cast, "Suicide Forest" examines the role of community and the inner struggles of emotional, psychic and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories and inner landscape.

Member Reviews (22)


Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

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.

Dreamlike, Confusing, Disappointing, Experimental, Imaginative

See it if You’re interested in ethno-centric theatre, specifically works with Asian/Japanese subjects and themes.

Don't see it if You dislike experimental theatre that keeps you at arm’s length, even when there’s an explanation that’s part of the play.

Indulgent, Messy, Slow, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You like avant garde experimental theatre, and enjoy work with high ambitions.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with dramatic momentum or a completed idea.

Also This play is unfinished and nobody ever bothered to make the author fi... Read more Read less


See it if I really can’t recommend this play — and I really, really wanted to. It’s a very disjointed and odd play.

Don't see it if If you’re not into experimental theater.

Also Well, I’m glad to have seen it and I am glad she got the play produced... Read more Read less

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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March 6th, 2020
"That’s Really Mom Up There: 'Suicide Forest' and 'SKiNFoLK'"
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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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