In this new drama, a good person in China struggles to hold onto his principles in a society which conspires against morality at every turn. More…
Li Yufeng, who has failed his exams despite his gifts as a scholar, gives into the temptation to cheat, which starts him down a treacherous path. This Chinese drama is rich in humor, irony, and social commentary, as it critiques how society changes a man into the sort of person he hates.
See it if You want to see a beautifully staged, especially the costumes, show that is well written/acted and a perfect allegory for our times today.
Don't see it if You don’t like interpreting meaning. This is presented like a fable. It’s pretty clear but you still need to see the meaning for yourself.
See it if A Chinese tale between good and eb Vil. Man's torn between them. Minimal sets. Tragedy and deep thought needed here.
Don't see it if If you want something lite and breezy. If you want a bigger type show.
See it if A modern morality fable, beautifully written and performed. Chinese culture with universal themes. Intimate venue. Lovely music.
Don't see it if You want a lighter topic or a bigger production. You don’t want to be presented with a moral dilemna with no easy answer.
See it if you want to explore the pull of good and evil through a well told “ancient” Chinese tale with unique staging and a talented young cast.
Don't see it if you do not like your drama infused with different cultural ways or if many set changes in a short play is not to your liking.
See it if you are interested in the meeting of soap opera and ritual. A very traditional Chinese story done in a very traditional Chinese style.
Don't see it if you cannot sit still for 90 minutes or need plot twists to hold your attention as opposed to appreciating subtleties and fine details
See it if enjoy morality tales for grownups. Show manages to speak earnestly about conscience without coming off as moralistic or children’s theater.
Don't see it if you’re into ambiguity, naturalism, edgier stuff; dislike folk tale conventions; find authentic accents incomprehensible.
See it if This was not what I expected but is age old story of love vs ambition, soul selling, loss and sense of self. Nicely done.
Don't see it if You want sophistication. This is a bare bones production brought slowly, fully to life by a small group of mostly talented performers.
See it if you want to see what an author with real courage and talent can do.
Don't see it if you don't want to be exposed to the reality that the People's Republic of China's politics reminds you of our current leadership.
See it if You want to see a play about how someone struggles to keep their integrity when others don't always. You want to see an intense drama.
Don't see it if Morality issues do not concern you. You want to see something light and fluffy. You don't want to see a well written and performed play.
See it if you like morality fables, Chinese culture, enthusiastic performers and simple messaging.
Don't see it if you prefer "professional" level production, nuanced in-depth characterizations and more complex themes and motifs.
See it if Chinese fable of a virtuous man crumbling under pressures. Very Chinese with many Chinese proverbs.
Don't see it if Some cultural/language elements lost in translation into English / an American audience. Uneven writing, some generic, some good.
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See it if you like supporting new/young playwrights & actors. Parable about good vs evil told beautifully, albeit in metaphors & sing-song phrasing.
Don't see it if you can't focus/concentrate for 90min. No mind-wandering allowed. You won't get the humor & will miss the beautiful lines & subtle messages.
See it if You appreciate universal lesssons made through cultural storytelling and a glimpse at Chinese tradition.
Don't see it if You’ll be put off if you don’t understand every word or cultural reference or want a big, polished production.
See it if you'd like a peep into a different culture; will enjoy a modern day fairy tale w a moral;want to support a talented young Chinese playwright
Don't see it if you prefer musicals or dramas with lots of action; have difficulty with accents; don't like morality plays.
See it if You want to see something that mixes Chinese dramaturgy with a more American form. Want to support Asian-American theatre.
Don't see it if You dislike pieces that are overtly didactic in nature. This is quite openly a kind of morality play in structure.
See it if If you want to see a well written show about goodness no evil and the choices one makes & how they change you. Makes you think.
Don't see it if You expect an elaborate set, you want something that is light one expect a musical.
See it if If you like ancient tales that can be used as a tale for modern times. Solid performance by the cast. Made you think at the end!
Don't see it if Minimal sets and cautionary humanitarian tales
See it if you want to support a young, bright playwright. You get a glimpse of Chinese tradition and culture.
Don't see it if you don't like simplistic morality plays and you don't like sitting in uncomfortable chairs for 110 minutes.
See it if you'd like to see how an ancient Chinese story can still be relevant to our present time or want to support the minority theatre co & actors
Don't see it if you have a difficult time understanding thick accents, or don't like plays based on fables, or prefer big productions