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Where is My Maple Town

From 66 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Clever

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (66)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Clever
81
Avg Score

81
Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Exquisite

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.

79
Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Slow, Thought-provoking

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.

85
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Cultural, Moving

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.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Epic

See it if see also

Don't see it if see also

Also Partner's 90% and my 85%.... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious

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

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Great Story, about choices In life that can change and make a different out come.

Don't see it if Not a musical and dancing show.

Also This show was refreshing to watch. Funning in parts. The cast was exce... Read more Read less

97
Good performers and good production. terribly uncomfortable theatre.

See it if You appreciate fables.

Don't see it if You want a traditional contemporary show.

Also Very hard to watch in that theatre. Bad chairs. Bad site lines and bad... Read more Read less

75
Small black box low tech show

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.

Also Our narrator was particularly winning. dont really have anything else ... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy well acted fact based stories with engaging characters.

Don't see it if you prefer large productions or less serious shows.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant

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.

Also This should happen more often. It does seem like a graduate-minted con... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Amazing costumes

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.

Also I was totally into this play. We live in a society where our integrity... Read more Read less

80
Must-see / very entertaining, Well-performed (helpful narration), Creative set / wonderful costumes, Absorbing / relevant, Intelligent / timeless / enchanting

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.

Also Temptation, morality, integrity...... Read more Read less

55
Amateurish, Obvious, Predictable, Enthusiastic players, Stilted

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.

75
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if You like dramas that take place in ancient China. You like tragedies.

Don't see it if You want to see something that is really groundbreaking.

79
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if A tale well told with endearing nod to traditional tales with modern relevance.

Don't see it if Accents are off-putting.

81
Relevant, Parable, Slow start, Well staged for tiny space, An experience

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.

Also Although it can be a bit heavy-handed at times, the play touches sever... Read more Read less

87
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Courageous

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.

Also The main creative team (playwright, director and producer) are all PRC... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

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.

75
Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Intense, Riveting

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.

Also "What do you think of the Maple Town?" -The Taoist Priest... Read more Read less

78
Exquisite

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.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

86
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Good acting

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.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful

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

88
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, This ancient chinese tale updated in english is culturally enlightening and entertaining. the costumes are fantastic! this show is a real find!

See it if You would like an enjoyable introduction to classical Chinese culture made easy for western audiences but still authentic.

Don't see it if You have no interest in China or its rich culture.

70
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

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.


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