Vietgone
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Vietgone NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(197 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (197)

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56 Reviews | 9 Followers
100
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you ever get the chance!

Don't see it if you are offended by history.

150 Reviews | 22 Followers
100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Must see

See it if So creative! Awesome to see a show created by and starring Asians. If you enjoyed Hamilton check this show out... rapping, singing, loved it

Don't see it if you don't enjoy engaging, contemporary and highly inventive theater.

59 Reviews | 12 Followers
100
Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Resonant

See it if You want to see an immigrant love story that will make you laugh, cry, and believe in spite of troubled times

Don't see it if Bad langue offends you

53 Reviews | 25 Followers
99
Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Great writing, Clever

See it if you enjoy excellent theatre and writing

Don't see it if have issues with Asians or the Vietnam War

754 Reviews | 127 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.

82 Reviews | 37 Followers
97
Riveting, Intelligent, Hilarious, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you like genre-bending, original, extremely entertaining, multimedia theater that uses a wrecking ball on prejudice against immigrants.

Don't see it if you voted for Drumpf.

118 Reviews | 27 Followers
96
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Adventurous, Original, Great cast

See it if you want to see one of the most captivating, audacious & thrilling shows of the year; if you like innovative staging & adventurous acting

Don't see it if abundant profanity tests your patience; if you have no interest in confronting how you think of the Vietnam war

446 Reviews | 81 Followers
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.

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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New York Theatre Guide
October 26th, 2016

"Part playful, part deadly serious, Qui Nguyen takes aim at both Baby Boomers and Millennials alike in his innovative new work and hits both targets...Nguyen has structured the piece very cleverly, and has given every audience demographic a sympathetic way into the story, ably assisted by his creative team...The play challenges the political views we’ve clung to for decades...He might make us think, but the thought is delivered or followed with a laugh, and that feeling of connection."
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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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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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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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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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