Wild Goose Dreams
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Wild Goose Dreams
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Wild Goose Dreams NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(71 Ratings)
Positive
76%
Mixed
17%
Negative
7%
Members say
Great staging, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directs this original play with music about two people from two cultures forced to choose between family and freedom.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (71)

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133 Reviews | 36 Followers
94
A brilliant, affecting evening in the theater that is political, intimate and must be seen.

See it if With great sophistication explores the interplay of world politics, intimate life and the cyber revolution..

Don't see it if you prefer your entertainment without intelligence. But really, ignore my sarcasm: this is a must see.

292 Reviews | 62 Followers
89
Absorbing, Epic, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want to see something different--is it a play or a musical? You are interested in stories about loneliness. You like Korea.

Don't see it if You want to see something more conventional. You don't like the idea of non-Asians taking part in an Asian story.

96 Reviews | 30 Followers
88
Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you are curious about North Korea, conflict within the American-Korean community. if you want to see quit unusual set design and staging

Don't see it if you don't like fast pace talking, American slang, lots of social media and technology references. don't like translation on stage Read more

98 Reviews | 24 Followers
86
Brilliant staging of a social media-saturated love story.

See it if You can appreciate a bittersweet tale set on the Korean peninsula and built on a classic myth/legend framework.

Don't see it if you hate the world of bits and bytes.

128 Reviews | 13 Followers
85
Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if strong resonant themes about family

Don't see it if you have a cold cold heart

92 Reviews | 14 Followers
85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if An original play depicting life in South Korea. Fantastic concept and exciting staging.

Don't see it if You are not interested in South Korea, or modern themes

445 Reviews | 56 Followers
82
Great staging, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if Innovative staging . Interesting love story, although gets a little muddled in metaphor.

Don't see it if Unconventional use of language. Cannot see past Korean mise-en-scène.

417 Reviews | 190 Followers
82
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Unique

See it if You like unlikely love stories set in a fantasy wold. Loneliness of two opposites who become lovers, wary of their future. Set in Korea.

Don't see it if You expect a linear story line with earthly characters, and all action tied up in a neat little bow. Be prepared for simulated sex. Read more

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
November 14th, 2018

"The diverse and untethered world has been given remarkably coherent life by a design team...Ms. Jung, a writer of industrious imagination, has a poet’s gift for sustaining and interlinking motifs and metaphor. Still, the piling up of incidents and images and subplots has a congestive effect here, blurring our focus and blunting our emotional responses...Holding fast as the play’s still but agitated center, Mr. Kim and Ms. Krusiec bring a lovely, low-key air of bewilderment to the proceedings."
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Time Out New York
November 14th, 2018

“A tricky play, full of both richness and distraction. The core story of Nanhee and Minsung is artfully constructed...This beautiful center, though, is often obscured by the stagey ‘online’ and dream elements; the chorus and the penguin stuff feel extraneous and cutesy...Still director Leigh Silverman draws keen, vivid performances from Krusiec and Kim, and their interpersonal drama is quite moving in its combination of stunned sadness and gallows humor.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 14th, 2018

“A tale of loneliness in a globalized, mediated, relentlessly ‘connected’ world...Jung’s play is in part about getting lost in technology, and it’s exciting to see the production create that effect physically and theatrically...A bulk of this human effort comes from the play’s chorus...Jung’s writing always has a light touch, even when things get heavy, and Silverman is doing sensitive work with the cast, especially Krusiec and Kim...Connection, Jung is arguing, is life, but connectivity can be fatal.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 14th, 2018

"A flavorful if wildly over cluttered portrait of star-crossed romance...The simple tale is quietly touching. Unfortunately, the playwright overwhelms her slight story with overelaborate theatrical gimmickry...There's not enough meat on the play's bones to withstand all the theatrical affectations; the characters and storyline become subsumed long before the evening's conclusion...Its quiet charms are too indecipherable amid the internet babble.”
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BroadwayWorld
November 20th, 2018

“Jung’s maginatively told Internet Age romance...If the text and staging's complicated (and admirably realized) impersonation of 21st century communication sometimes overwhelms the emotional factor, it's an apt comment displaying the parallels between storybook fables of angels and woodcutters and technologically sophisticated fantasies, sometimes involving defectors and goose fathers.”
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Lighting & Sound America
November 15th, 2018

"Jung is a perceptive, talented writer with a fresh point of view and material that is both exotic and oddly universal. Now, if only she could learn to dial it down a bit...On balance, I'd say that 'Wild Goose Dreams' is worth seeing, for the many emotionally resonant passages, the acute lead performances, and the window into a world that the theatre rarely shows us. But in the urge to theatricalize everything about their story, its creators nearly destroy the delicate situation at its heart."
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New York Stage Review
November 14th, 2018

“Silverman directed the cast and the traffic with her usual expertise. The chorus members exhibit much vigor and verve...Kim and Krusiec imbue Minsung and Nanhee with the correct measure of uncertainty. The right measure of chemistry between them, however, is missing...The most exciting ‘Wild Goose Dreams’ element is Ramos’ set...Ramos’ environment promises more amusement that the more than occasionally tedious ‘Wild Goose Dreams’ delivers.”
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New York Stage Review
November 14th, 2018

“This new play centers on two lonely South Koreans and attempts to song-and-dance-ify the internet itself. The different pieces, each powerful on its own, yields a result that manages to be sometimes intriguing, occasionally heartbreaking, and not a little soporific...When ’Wild Goose Dreams’ is best is when it’s examining...the faults in a seemingly happily neon-lit culture...For the purposes of this story, the distractions of the internet are just a distraction.”
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