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?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.