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Vietgone

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Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents Qui Nguyen's twist on the classic boy-meets-girl romance. Here, the lovers are refugees from the Vietnam War, newly settled in a relocation camp in Arkansas. More…

Featuring anachronistic pop-culture elements like rap to recreate the meeting of the playwright’s own parents, 'Vietgone' ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Obie-winning playwright Nguyen and director May Adrales skip through time and around the globe to present a fresh theatrical take on one real family’s history.


Member Reviews (196)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking
82
Avg Score

94
Attitude changing, Unconventional, Smart, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that help you see something you thought you knew from an entirely new perspective. Great staging. Clever. Funny. A MUST SEE!

Don't see it if ??? Can't think of any reason to not see this enlightening and entertaining show. I know it's a cliché but-I laughed. I cried. I loved it.

85
Relevant, Romantic, Edgy, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You like serious themes presented in a campy way. It's a historical drama, comic book, romantic comedy, and rap musical. (!)

Don't see it if The combination of styles seemed a bit incongruous at first, but it grew on me.

Also My 19-year old daughter loved it.

98
Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Clever, Funny

See it if you remember the 60's and are willing to reevaluate your memories with a joyous life affirming musical combing period songs and Asian hiphop

Don't see it if you find staged intimacy and crude language offensive.

61
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if The topic interests you.

Don't see it if Even though it is an important story, the play feels disjointed and I found it hard to care about the characters.

Also The mother daughter relationship was unpleasant to watch. The mother d... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a brilliant play about the uphill climb faced by the Vietnamese who emigrated to the U.S. at the end of the war;with music

Don't see it if You are easily offended by offensive language and sexual acts; do not like rap or cartoonish action

Also Vietgone Is a love story and also a true one about the problems that t... Read more Read less

79
Disappointing, Great sets, Inconsistent, Love story, Unusual

See it if you like great sets and unusual storytelling and direction; you want a dose of humor with your war stories; touching, well acted ending.

Don't see it if it bothers you that much of the play's direction and acting are over the top and often cartoonish.

Also The play would have benefited greatly from tighter editing. The writer... Read more Read less

88
Nicely acted, inventively staged., Thought-provoking and relevant., Funny, clever, absorbing., Entertaining and worth-seeing, Intelligent

See it if You like to have your assumptions challenged, like plays w historical reference, appreciate clever staging/projections, like work by MTC.

Don't see it if You don't like rap, loud music/sounds, don't like work about different cultures or experiences, not interested in a new POV about Vietnam.

Also I really liked this, but didn't really see the point of the musical in... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a show that's a bit off-beat; interested in history from another point of view with a bit of rap thrown in for good measure.

Don't see it if you prefer the ordinary, run-of-the-mill show; hate rap, profanity, and sex; you are not interested in history from another point of view.

76
Funny, Original, Cool digital graphics, Irreverent

See it if you're interested in a silly, spirited take on Vietnamese immigrants and their families during and immediately after the Vietnam war.

Don't see it if Comic book sensibility, Hamilton wanna-be, albeit well done, and no deep message. Was a bit long and the silliness offset empathy.

90
Vietnam war aftermath relived in funny - sad play

See it if War's tragic outcome seen from perspective of S. Vietnamese helicopter pilot. Hijinx in relocation camp could not be funnier. Hip-hop, too

Don't see it if Uncomfortable denunciations of anti-war correctness. Raymond Lee & Jennifer Ikeda lead a stellar cast. Clever use of contemporary language.

82
Entertaining, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you are interested in the Vietnamese-American struggle, or the inmigrant experience and like non-traditional romantic stories.

Don't see it if you do not like rap music, are not interested in the Vietnamese expirience in the US and would not like a different view of the Vietnam war.

75
Ambitious, Dizzying, Clever, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you enjoy period pieces about the effect of the war on Vietnamese citizens relocated to USA.

Don't see it if the thought of seeing "Nam"-ilton isn't exciting

78
Ambitious interesting creative, Serious and funny

See it if You like different and creative. War from Vietnamese perspective. Funny moments plus touching and insightful. Lots of action. Good visuals.

Don't see it if You are turned off by cursing (F..K said repeatedly) or by rap (just a few songs) or by long shows (2 1/2 hrs). Needs cutting and tightening

Also Despite some flaws a very worthwhile play. The "author" speaks to audi... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy a lighthearted love story set against the historical backdrop of Vietnamese immigrants after the Vietnam war.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays about love or war.

Also There are some surprisingly good special effects in a limited space.

70
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if if you like rap and are interested in what happened to the Vietnamese as they settled in the US. The actors were very talented.

Don't see it if you don't like rap and would rather get absorbed in the story of the people's lives.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if Looks at a time in history and adds a fresh new view.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy contemporary theatrical experiences

84
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You remember the Viet Nam War.

Don't see it if You do not like innovative theater.

93
Resonant, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if The antithesis of Miss Saigon: strong, sex-positive Asian female who doesn't need a man makes it in America and chooses a heroic Asian man.

Don't see it if Vietnam War is triggering. Discomfort with flipping meek Asian archetypes / stereotypes. Dislike refugees.

Also Ticket from online rush for $32.50.

84
Quirky, Dizzying, Epic, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you're up for a wildly fresh & funny take on the Asian immigrant experience — language, change, war, loss & love as seen from that side.

Don't see it if you're easily confused by nonlinear plays, don't like needlessly vulgar rap, asians, immigrants or have writ in stone opinions about Vietnam

Also Every family has stories; some are more colorful or epic, others more ... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you love fresh original plays

Don't see it if oh just see it!

65
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want a show about the fall of South Vietnam and the aftermath of the displaced people. Predictable story.

Don't see it if gratuitous profanity that doesn't add much offends. Some characters not really believable and annoying to watch. 45min should be cut.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if want to a very original look at the effect of the Vietnam war on Vietnamese people; it's funny, has musical numbers & highly entertaining

Don't see it if aren't interested in Asian Culture, the Vietnam War or a different type of love story

90
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Romantic, Raunchy

See it if You remember the Airlift and want to know more about those people and what happened to them. You like a quirky romance.

Don't see it if You are a prude. You want to see the Vietnamese people as not quite like us.

Also This was another in a long list of shows that I went to see because th... Read more Read less

95
Intelligent, Eye-opening, Hilarious

See it if refugees, the Vietnam War, or racial stereotypes are things that cross your mind.

Don't see it if ...you think stereotypes should be perpetuated...? Or I guess if language offends you.

92
Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if you are willing to be challenged, provoked and engaged. Great acting, passion, and thought-provoking. Put yourself in another's shoes to see

Don't see it if you are upset by profanity that fits the characters and the situation. you want to be entertained without thought


October 25th, 2016
"Nguyen is clearly a playwright with an inventive mind, and while 'Vietgone' has many pleasures—including jazzy comic performances from an excellent cast, under May Adrales’ direction—it suffers from a lack of discipline...The flippant tone of 'Vietgone' does sometimes pall...The play ends with a...
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October 25th, 2016
"The freshest, most exuberantly youthful piece I’ve seen at MTC in ages...Adrales’ high-octane staging moves so swiftly and surely, you may not initially appreciate the buckets of stagecraft she and Nguyen throw at us scene after scene...It's the immigrant narrative, but told with disarming frank...
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October 25th, 2016
"The playwright and director May Adrales have collaborated to deliver a wildly fun, imaginative production. Not all of it works, and the play itself could benefit from some trimming. But individual elements are terrific, such as the Vietnamese characters speaking in flawless English while the Ame...
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October 25th, 2016
"An original, affectionate and often funny tribute to the playwright’s parents...The love story develops along the usual lines, although it’s evident that neither the playwright nor his director want to be considered conventional. One drawback are the song, set to original music, but still obdura...
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