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.
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
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.
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.