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Wild Goose Dreams

From 70 member  reviews
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)


Great staging, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

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

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.

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

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if No new messages. Feel like I should do this in binary, but not enough keystrokes. Creative view using people of countries not normally used.

Don't see it if You need the "wow" factor.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You like people imitating electronic devices.

Don't see it if You want a mostly linear story.

Confusing, Dizzying, Overrated, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like colorful noisy and busy plays that are about other cultures.

Don't see it if You like a sweet story upfront instead of hidden deep in dizzying background visual and sound.

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Dated

See it if If you want to see cultures that clash

Don't see it if If you wa t a more consistent show throughout

During previews
Great staging, Performance theatre

See it if you enjoy "performance" style theatre. Creative use of a greek chorus in a modern story about people trying to connect in today's space.

Don't see it if you don't like "performance art". The plot almost feels like it is the filler between the actual filler of the show.

During previews
Tedious, Relevant, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want exploration of loneliness of 2 connecting via social media -- amidst issues of N. & S. Korea, and husbands separated from family.

Don't see it if you want engaging theater. SLOW, with repetitive chorus "performing" the buzz of facebook, online dating, & instagram. Contrived & tedious.

During previews
Good writing, Emotional, Irritating, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You want to see an Asian story that at its core is good but the execution muddles the text and tone.

Don't see it if You are going to be annoyed by a lot of extraneous nonsense going around an emotional romance between two Koreans that detracts from it.

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During previews

See it if A play about a woman who fled North Korea and a lonely South Korean man, whose family live in the U.S., both looking for love & more.

Don't see it if The background chorus dealing with emojis wears thin after awhile. It's a simple story line about people searching for happiness.

During previews
Nails-on-a-chalkboard, Slow, Excruciating, Dull, Bad dialogue

See it if you like how the Public Theater lavishes spending on even poorly written work. The North/South Korea theme should have been the entire focus

Don't see it if you are annoyed by flat-footed dialogue and equally flat acting. The chorus gratingly verbalizes all social media emojiis and responses.

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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