Vietgone
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Vietgone NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(196 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
9%
Negative
3%
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.

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Member Reviews (196)

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
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.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
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. Read more

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
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.

481 Reviews | 317 Followers
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. Read more

502 Reviews | 127 Followers
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. Read more

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
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See it if You like to have your assumptions challenged, like plays w historical reference, appreciate clever staging/projections, like work by MTC.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. Read more

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
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 Read more

430 Reviews | 127 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (38)

The New York Times
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 an immensely moving scene...The laughter subsides; the play’s flaws recede; and we are left with a resonantly ambiguous picture of the manner in which wars have an indelible impact on individual lives."
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Time Out New York
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 frankness and humor—plus a roadside throwdown involving rednecks and ninjas. I cannot emphasize enough what a versatile and lovable cast this is."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 Americans talk with an exaggerated, ungrammatical drawl...In the terrific ensemble, Lee and Ikeda display sizzling chemistry and formidable comic chops."
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Variety
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 obdurately ordinary. The lyrics only repeat things we already know from the dialogue...Whatever re-writes Nguyen might have in mind for this play, he’d be wise to start by tossing out the tunes."
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New York Daily News
November 3rd, 2016

"Qui Nguyen’s ode to his parents' history takes an unruly approach to a how-I-met-your-mother tale...Theatricality abounds: the fourth wall falls, Saigon falls too, cartoony ninjas kick into action, rap songs underscore everything. Except for the simplistic songs that stop the play in its tracks, it clicks."
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Theatermania
October 25th, 2016

"Beautifully conveyed through director May Adrales' unapologetically theatrical staging, 'Vietgone' makes you believe that epic tales of heroism and loss exist all around us in this nation of immigrants...The personal nature of the play and a structural refinement in Nguyen's writing results in an emotional resonance unprecedented in his work...Nguyen's clear-eyed recognition of the realities of war is rare, refreshing, and definitely speaks to a dramatist who has matured…but not too much."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 10th, 2016

"In its admirable insistence on overturning the usual pieties and insisting that the Vietnamese refugees who populate the play are not helpless victims in a racist America, the play can sometimes be sophomoric, even grating. Then again, when the author's voice is this fresh and funny, how can one complain too much?...Under Adrales' fast-paced, often buoyant direction, the cast proves to be excellent company...'Vietgone' has become surprisingly moving, its many excesses notwithstanding."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 25th, 2016

"Astonishingly, none of this feels extraneous or gratuitous...And despite the (intentionally) broad playing style, passionate, complex feelings do indeed come through...'Vietgone' does not entirely benefit from the nonlinear chronology Nguyen has imposed, and the zaniness does start to wear a bit thin...Even during the weaker stretches, though, director May Adrales keeps the pacing sprightly and the froth bubbling, and keeps you from remaining at sea for long."
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