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Wild Goose Dreams

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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. More…

Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible? 


Member Reviews (70)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking
73
Avg Score

76
Unusual and moving story of relationship of south korean "wild goose father" (separated from family in the us while working in korea) and north korean defector

See it if this is quirky touching/funny story of how two very lonely and awkward people deal w feelings of isolation, insignificance & failure

Don't see it if bolted on to story is simulation of effect of internet culture on story by talented chorus of actors; cute but distracting/irrelevant

73
Great design work!, Ambitious, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you want to see how a design team—set, lighting, costumes, sound—can overshadow a so-so play.

Don't see it if you like interesting central characters. The chorus steals the show from the two leads. Francis Jue is, as always, remarkable.

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.

Also A quirky presentation complete with a fantastic neon set design. Suppo... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an artistic and culturally-inspired play about loneliness, separation, and dating in the technological world.

Don't see it if you don't want to see an ambitious, but flawed play. Some of the dialogue could be better written and was not as funny as intended.

76
Quirky, Great staging, Dizzying, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy quirky theater with a great premise that isn't seen a lot in theater. Great acting, interesting chorus. Phenomenal design.

Don't see it if You don't like themes of loneliness, loss, families separated and you need a happy ending. You don't like characters playing cellphones.

55
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like terrific performances by the ensemble.They are sensational.Sadly the 2 leads don't live up to that level.Music is fine.Story's dull

Don't see it if you can avoid it.I applaud a show about Korea.But I didn't like the main characters, so I didn't care what happened to them.Chorus is GREAT

74
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Faltering, Original

See it if you like new playwrights broaching different subjects. You know actual goose fathers, their wives, or kids.

Don't see it if you prefer a cliché presented really well over new topics/observations presented with impalpable problems.

Also A lot to process. Much of WGD is emails, texts, posts. Like many epist... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Romantic, Resonant

See it if See comments

Don't see it if See comments

Also A Romeo and Juliet like romance set in South Korea with North/South ov... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Fresh, Compelling topic, Occasionally cloying musical styling

See it if Loneliness takes on depth when applied to particular situations in the two Koreas. Small stories almost overwhelmed by intricate staging.

Don't see it if The Tory is a drama wrapped in glistening technology. Remember that at denouement. Also, be aware some of the technology & music is loud.

79
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if a story about loneliness in the age of social media; relationship between 2 people separated from their families

Don't see it if several parts have rapidly sung social media & computer terms & phrases; metaphors & fantasy mixed in with story; sad effects of loneliness

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.

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.

75
Quirky

See it if In a social media obsessed world,N Korean woman meets S Korean man who's family has flown away.They learn what it means to be lonely&to love

Don't see it if Some awkward humor/lines, which may be Korean lost in translation to English. Online/smartphone jargon annoys you. Guns are triggering.

Also Ticket from online rush via TodayTix app for $27.50.

79
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Poetic

See it if Rhythmic & symphonic in its structure exploring loneliness, yearning, freedom, family & the difficulty of communicating even in same tongue

Don't see it if It is not a linear narrative but in its exploration of storytelling and creating our own narratives this is a beautiful and creative tale

70
Uneven, Promising, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in a relationship between a No, & So. Korean & the family ties that thwart the chance of a life together.

Don't see it if you prefer a plot that flows with some consistency.

80
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in relationship plays that touch on deep and serious themes. Sad and touching and very well done by all. Loneliness hurts

Don't see it if you are not interested in the pain of missed opportunity and failure.This is about the need for contact and the mistakes that thwart success

78
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Like imaginative quirky topically relevant theater. Ethereal piece..Great Staging and acting.

Don't see it if For a totally linear piece. Prefer not to pay close attention from beginning to end to put all together.

79
Weird but interesting

See it if you are interested in the life of a North Korean defector and a South Korean working in Seoul whose family is in the United States.

Don't see it if you expect a "normal" play. This is more of an experience with imagery and dreams acted out.

Also At first I thought, what?! But after about 10 minutes, I found I was h... Read more Read less

45
Visual, Jumbled, Meandering, Depressing, Slight

See it if you're time traveling from the distant future and are tasked to see what a hot mess off-Broadway looked like circa December 2018.

Don't see it if you're a fan of actor Francis Jue. This isn't his strongest work. Who else recalls NAATC's endearing 2006 revival "Falsettoland"?

Also Memorable Quote: Life is... "like the tip of a toenail clipped off in ... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Great set, Overly stimulating

See it if you want a creative glimpse into Korean culture and the connections and lack of connections people have. It has a magic realism feel to it.

Don't see it if you can't relate to Korean culture. The chorus portrays a constant stream of social media which can get annoying. Over the top symbolism.

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky, Lacking, Ambitious

See it if you support new works, Asian voices in the theatre, and plays with themes of loneliness, connectivity & internationalism.

Don't see it if you are fatigued by scripts that try too hard to land a point.

62
Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

See it if some clever staging and use of internet concepts in the play

Don't see it if seems if you are over a certain age this was not for you younger audience seemed to like it not an interesting story and overdid the compu

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you enjoy Brecht and experimental, quirky theatre. The cast is good. The production and staging felt like a high end college show from 1990

Don't see it if you're expected a polished piece of writing. Little play, what do you want to be? It also felt oddly dated for such a relevant story.

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.

78
Confusing, Funny, Quirky

See it if If you wan't to see Asian-Americans in a more favorable light.I thought they were portrayed as a couple who were searching for love.

Don't see it if I was glad to see no discernible stereotyping of Asian-Americans.This was a story of two people who were lonely and needed to find some comp

Also anionship by any means necessary.The scenes were a little graphic but ... Read more Read less


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...
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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 Silv...
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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 wri...
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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 affectation...
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